I spent my childhood growing up in the beautiful Tamar Valley on the Devon & Cornwall border. I trained in the 1990’s at Falmouth School of Art, Lincoln School of Art and DeMontfort University Leicester achieving a BA (Hons) Visual Arts degree and PGCE in Art & Design Education.
I make drypoint intaglio prints inspired by the spectacular area where I live in North Cornwall. My prints are really special as they are handprinted originals and limited to only 7-10 per edition.
My work reflects the deep connection I feel with my environment. I love the fascinating ever changing seasons, life on the wild romantic moors and the ancient cycles of life on the farm. The harsh winter reveals the lonely boney hawthorn trees clinging on in relentless conditions and the complex rookeries high up in the trees; the spring brings the beautiful bouncy baby lambs; the summer is full of busy life and colour and the autumn rewards us all over again when the awesome chitter chattering starlings return back home.
Drypoint is a printmaking process in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. It is a technique of the intaglio family, in which traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or perspex are also commonly used. The process of incising for drypoint creates a slightly raised ragged rough edge to the lines, known as the burr. When etching ink that has been applied to the plate is wiped off, both the incised line and specifically the burr receive ink when the plate is wiped, giving the printed line a distinctive velvety look.