I first became truly aware of the magic of printmaking in Oxfordshire when I visited Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens about 12 years ago. They had set up a massive marquee and filled it with printmakers, vintage presses and, of course, prints of every kind. I was smitten!
I found that many printmakers taught short courses, so I began the adventure of learning to print. I had recently retired and was able to join an open studio at West Herts College, and later moved to West Yorkshire and expanded my skills at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Huddersfield. I soon discovered that every printmaker I met was exceedingly generous when it came to sharing their considerable skills, and that has rubbed off on me too. I am passionate about printmaking and absolutely love teaching adults how to make their own prints.
Once you start to look at the world through the eyes of a printmaker there is inspiration everywhere! I had never thought of myself as an artist, but printmaking has turned me into one, and so I pushed my boundaries further and completed an HND in Fine Art at Craven College in Skipton. Now I am excited about making prints in my studio at Farfield Mill - the work of the other artists is so creative - the colours, textures, and sheer joyfulness of their work is an inspiration!