Sharing the craft of hand printing onto paper and capturing the calming and sometimes quirky moments from the natural environment drives my arts practice. Working with relief, contact and intaglio printmaking, in a culture of haste and automation, I find that the natural environment encourages me to be still and present.
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 my own 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 added life to blank papers.
Introduce the digital revolution, and the volume of printed material has reduced significantly. I built my own business in web development and marketing, successfully running that for nearly 15 years. But I missed print!
I love print. And I yearned for a slower and hands-on approach to printing. Throughout my commercial career I dipped by 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 is reduction linocut printing – where I can spend weeks working on a piece, carving and printing and carving and printing to the final hand printed artwork. But I love to explore and work with a wide range or different printmaking media – monoprinting, etching, cyanotype. And recently spending time with letterpress, printmaking on clay, mokohanga, screenprinting and eco-printing.
There is simply not enough time to do it all … but I’ll give it a good try!
Viva la print 🙂
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 my own work, I love to share what I do by teaching the art, craft and processes of the different printmaking processes I work with. I run small group printmaking workshops from my own studio in North Maleny.
Teaching and working as a professional artist had been long-held childhood dreams. Life after school took me in a very different direction, but in January 2018 I launched my printmaking workshop schedule. I feel that I have combined and am living my passions.
Printmaking can be much easier than people realise, and a great alternative or extension to a painting and drawing arts practice. Introducing a new and often alternative creative medium to students is exciting. Many students come to workshops remembering school experiences.
It is my sincere hope that they leave with new skills and creative confidence to continue printing after their workshop.
Awards & Residencies
Award Finalist – Libris Awards 2022, Art Space Mackay
Award Finalist – Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize 2021, Caloundra Regional Gallery
Award Finalist – Libris Awards 2020, Art Space Mackay
Award Finalist – Local Artists – Local Content Art Prize 2020, Caloundra Regional Gallery
2021 State Library of Queensland
2021 Private Collection, Reeseville Qld
2019, 2021 ANVAM, Melbourne
2014 Private Collection, Wales UK
With my art, I can bring the natural world, its stillness and calming qualities, inside my busy world, to simply stop and enjoy the process of creating something hand crafted.
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.