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 drawing when I was young, 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 in 2012 and saw a printmaking exhibition: wonderful prints which were at the same time simple, bold, delicate, immediate and complex, a style that I hadn't encountered before which spoke to me. I was inspired to rush off, buy a starter kit 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 dedicated printmaking studio and a thriving printmaking practise.
I have taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks each year since 2018 with successful group and solo shows.
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 which I thoroughly enjoy.