Ever since I was old enough to pick up a fat wax crayon I have loved to draw. I was born in Leicester and at school, art was the only thing I really enjoyed, despite being scared of my art teacher, Miss Walker!

I left to study further at North Staffs Polytechnic in Stoke on Trent – inspired by the pottery kilns and the surrounding dramatic Staffordshire landscape. I eventually took my career on another path and have worked as an accountant for a printing company for oh so many years! ….but I have never stopped being creative and continue my passion for art.

I make prints, primarily collagraphs, sometimes colourful, sometimes dark. I use a lot of colour and love the unpredictability of the collagraph process. I usually do small editions of between 5 and 10. I use a cardboard plate which is inked for each print, making every impression individual and original. I use a brush to apply the ink, and I like to mask out a small area on the plate with paper so I can add detail with watercolour later or sometimes I will screen print on top too.

I discovered that I have a family link to a now defunct printing press manufacturer, Hughes & Kimber of London. I use one of their early presses at home to produce my collagraphs. I am also a member of the excellent Leicester Print Workshop and I use their Harry Rochat press to make my larger work.

I now live in Rutland with my husband and I’m continually inspired by the beautiful Rutland landscape and our frequent trips to Thornham on the North Norfolk coast.

I rode my horse for many years on the bridleways around Launde Abbey and Tilton on the Hill in Leicestershire, spending hours in the most fabulous rural countryside. A treasure trove of ideas for prints. Being a Pisces person I also love the sea and especially in the winter when it is rough and dramatic. I am always interested in hard to reach, remote places and these feature regularly in my work.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

Hughes & Kimber

My Great Great Grandfather was Edward Kimber, founder of Hughes & Kimber who were world renowned manufacturers of copper plates, printing sundries and quality printing presses in London since 1845.

Hughes & Kimber introduced the first steam driven machine to print from lithographic stone in the UK and America. Their hand etching presses are in museums, colleges and studios worldwide and their large copper plates were chosen by Whistler for his Venice sets and were also favoured by Samuel Palmer.

I believe that Norman Ackroyd has a Hughes and Kimber press in his studio and he uses it for his wonderful etchings. I have enjoyed researching my family history and the business story connected to it. It seems I was born to be involved with printing and it is amazing that it has come to this.

I bought my press from an artist in London who was retiring and it took some great effort to have it moved to Rutland. I installed it in the garden shed but it was not the best place and, whilst it worked well, it was not attractive and the rusty parts became more and more rusty. Eventually I found a company in nearby Northampton, Art Equipment Ltd, and they agreed to restore the press to its former glory. What a fabulous job they made of it! I was delighted and now have it in pride of place in my kitchen.

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