Sharing the craft of hand printing onto paper and sharing calming and sometimes quirky moments from the natural environment drives my arts practice. Working with relief and intaglio printmaking media, in a culture of haste and automation, I find that the natural environment encourages us to be still and present. With my art, I work to share this natural world into our busy spaces.
I took part in Tara Leavers #21daysinmyartworld challenge in January 2020. I’ve split the 21 days across 3 weeks – week 1, week 2 and week 3. If you’re interested, those posts will give you some more insight into my arts practice.
I think ink runs through my veins. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed the process of printing in one form or another – be it potato printing, commercial printing and graphic design, or hand-printing printmaking pieces of artwork.
I spent 30 years working in graphic design, advertising and marketing. One of my favourite things to do during that time was the press checks for new print material. The sound of the machines clicking and clacking as they worked. The smell of ink on the presses. The vibration through the floor as the machines did their thing.
I loved print. But I yearned for a slower and hands-on approach to printing. Throughout my commercial career I dipped by big toe back into the world of printmaking fine art, but never really afforded myself the time to focus on it, and develop my skills.
I am a printmaker. I love printmaking. In all its inky, painterly and organic forms. My strongest area would be reduction linocut printing – where I can spend weeks and months working on one piece, carving and printing and carving and printing to the final hand printed piece. But I love to explore and work with a wide range or different printmaking media – monoprinting, etching, cyanotype, letterpress, printmaking on clay, mokohanga, screenprinting and eco-printing.
The natural environment is the primary inspiration for my work. Be it referencing my own photos of captured moments in nature, or working with organic materials from the environment. Stepping in to a natural space, be it my garden, an afternoon country drive or a morning bush walk, affords me the opportunity to take a moment, stop and breathe. It calms me. It grounds me. And it is that grounding that drives me to create more work.
In addition to creating, I love to share what I do by teaching the art, craft and processes of several different printmaking media. I run small group printmaking workshops from my own studio in North Maleny. Introducing a new and often alternative creative medium to students is exciting. Printmaking can be much easier than people realise, and a great alternative or extension to a painting and drawing arts practice.
Viva la printmaking !!
January-February 2020 – Local Artist – Local Content Art Prize 2020, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
May-June 2020 – Queenscliff Gallery & Workshops ‘Human Emotions‘, Victoria
March-April 2019 – March to Art: Narratives, Australian National Veterans Art Museum, Victoria
May-June 2019 – Queenscliff Gallery & Workshops ‘Historia‘, Victoria
September-November 2019 – Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition: Japan and Australia, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra
September-November 2019 – Grounded, Solo Exhibition, Maroochydore Artspace, Maroochydore Library, Maroochydore
November-December 2019 – PTSD Understories: Today is not Tomorrow, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville
December 2019 – Feathers of the Forest, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
December 2019 – BioBlitz Survey Team Creative and Scientific Results, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
I am also the wife of a medically retired contemporary war veteran. My art gives me respite from the sometimes chaotic and unpredictable world of his PTSD that we both live with and manage.