I have to admit that I only recently discovered Linocut Printmaking.
The reaction of most people I talk to now is "Lino printing? Oh yes I did that at school”
(- and there often follows a discussion of lino-related injuries that were incurred)
My education was seriously lacking in that respect - or maybe I just went to the sort of school where they didn't willingly give the kids sharp objects.
I have always I enjoyed painting and drawing and as a child I would spend hours sketching. I studied Art up to A level, but there I stopped. Life intervened and somehow, something I loved became something I never did.
The seeds of change were sown when I visited the Victoria gallery in Bath a few years ago and saw wonderful relief prints which were dark and intriguing and made me want to try for myself.
To paraphrase Mark Twain - "I never let schooling interfere with my education" so I bought myself a cheap linocutting kit and I started to teach myself how to carve and print with Lino. I was hooked.
I have since attended workshops in Linocut with Alexandra Buckle (reduction technique) , Laura Boswell (further painterly techniques) and Beth Jenkins (colour techniques)
I have been printing, practising and (in my opinion) improving ever since.
The ideas for my linocuts come from various sources.
Some of my themes are nature related: I live in the countryside and walk my dogs Bella and Coco in the fields near where I live, so inspiration from animals, birds, flowers and trees is never far away. Conversely man-made structures and the built environment are often good sources for prints. I live near Oxford so I tend to visit with my camera quite often just in case something catches my eye. I am constantly on the look out for anything that would make a good composition or element to a picture.
I have always loved boldness in art whether in colour or black and white and I think Lino printing is the perfect medium for showing this off.