Inspired by sea life, nature and food, my work has a graphic quality to it combining watercolour painting with printmaking techniques. Many of the subjects I paint are connected to personal experiences and I am particularly interested in how our senses can create strong memories through taste, texture, and smell.
I have a degree in textiles, from West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, where I specialised in screen and block printed fabrics. There is something I find quite magical about making a print as it gives a new dimension to my drawing. Currently I am exploring a form of mono printing called the blotted line technique. Beginning with a drawing I transfer the image onto tracing paper. This sheet is then hinged with masking tape onto a piece of watercolour paper. Next using a dip pen and waterproof ink I follow the lines on the underside of the tracing, flip it over and print. It’s a gradual process that gives interesting and unexpected marks, adding texture to my work.
Drawing is an essential part of my practice as it allows me time to investigate and understand a subject. I am delighted to be an associate member of The Society of Graphic Fine Art and to have the opportunity to exhibit with them.