Artwork for Annabelle Oppenheimer
winter light, etching
ancient forest, collagraph with linoprint
late autumn, collagraph
summer on the drover's road, etching
chickens I, etching
I make original prints in small editions or one-offs, using mainly intaglio (etching, drypoint, collagraph) and also relief (lino and woodcut) as well as monoprints. I enjoy experimenting and trying things out, be it a new process or new (to me) materials, which has its risks. The work always starts with drawing and I do use my own photos as reference only. Whatever the outcome I am constantly learning.
I have always loved making stuff, drawing and mark-making in particular. The process of printmaking, making the plate or block is completely absorbing. It can take hours or it can be surprisingly immediate. This can be frustrating or immensely satisfying; either way I have to keep doing it.
I went to art school in the late sixties and went down the graphic design route. Alongside a short stint in a design studio, then as an art teacher for many years, I continued to draw, paint and make prints. For the last eleven years I have been able to focus on printmaking. It is a journey of discovery and the moment of seeing the reveal as a new print is pulled off the press can be magical or can simply show me the next step.
I taught mainly in secondary schools in London, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, then Herefordshire, continuing as much as possible to draw, paint and make prints. I have run a few workshops since retiring from teaching but have mainly focused on developing my own practice.
Maidstone College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, London, post graduate teaching certificate at Goldsmiths College, London, Hereford College of Art.
h-Art 2022 at own studio, 'The Way We See' group exhibition at Elmslie House, Malvern, 2019