I came quite late to the linocut party, never knowingly having encountered a linocut print until I was in my 40's.
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 weren't going to let the kids loose with carving tools.
I adored painting and drawing when I was young, studied Art up to GCSE and then 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’ve been on a journey of discovery ever since; proudly self taught but enjoying seeking out nuggets of learning wherever I can to improve specific skills.
Going forward, I have grown and developed my work and now have a thriving Printmaking practise.
I have taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks in 2018, 2019, 2020 (online) and successful solo shows in 2021 and 2022.
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, and I now exhibit regularly with them.
My print “Christmas in the Covered Market” was selected to be included in the Oxford Art Book published in 2018 (info in the links section) and was commissioned as the 2020 Christmas card for an Oxford College.
My print "Lanterns in the Covered Market" was selected to be used as a display board by Oxford City Council in 2022 to promoting art in Oxford.
Another of my prints "Historic Oxford" is now licensed for use as a postcard for guests, by the Randolph Hotel Oxford.
I enjoy exhibiting and selling in person locally, I also have busy online shops here on my website, Artfinder and Etsy where I sell to the UK and internationally.
More recently I have extended my practise to include teaching linocut workshops in schools, community settings and in my studio.