I have to admit that I only discovered Linocut Printmaking quite recently.
The reaction of most people I talk to now is "Lino printing? Oh yes I did that at school”
(- and there often follows tales of hard lino, blunt tools and minor injuries)
My education was seriously lacking in that respect - maybe I just went to the sort of school where they didn't willingly give the kids sharp objects.
I adored painting and drawing when I was young. 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 rush off and 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 learn to carve and print with Lino. I was hooked.
Although I consider myself to be self-taught, all that means is I didn’t go to Art School, it would be ridiculous to pretend I worked it all out for myself from first principles. Sources of information and help are plentiful - two that I found useful as a beginner were Susan Yeates’s book “Learning linocut” and the Facebook group “Linocut Friends”
I now regularly update and improve my techniques by seeking out further instruction. I have attended workshops with Alexandra Buckle (reduction technique), Laura Boswell (further painterly techniques) and Beth Jenkins (colour techniques).
I have taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks in 2018, 2019 and 2020 it has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my art and make friends and connections.
After successful entries into their open exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, I was invited to become a member of Oxford Art Society in January 2019.
My print “Christmas in the Covered Market” was selected to be included in the Oxford Art Book published in 2018 (more info in the links section) and was commissioned as the 2020 Christmas card for an Oxford College.
I enjoy exhibiting and selling locally, I also have busy shops here on my website, Artfinder and Etsy and I sell all over the UK and internationally.