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I feel immensely fortunate whenever I walk into my studio. It's a wonderful place in which to work. I have my etching press, ample worktop space to spread out, excellent natural light and inspirational views of the Clwydian hills. I am often joined by either our cat, Ruby, or our Welsh terrier, Charlie. This is where I plan my images, mix inks, make and print my printing plates, store my papers and all materials, have work in progress on display. This is where I create my work. It's not always an easy process; there are many frustrating times when things don't go right but it's a battle I (almost) enjoy, and when a piece turns out well, that is, when it seems to strike the right chord in terms of atmosphere, composition, concept and technique, there is no better feeling.

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“A superb environment to produce outstanding prints. Quite an impression!”

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I've been making my work for over thirty years now, since I graduated in 1985 with a degree in Fine Art. Then I concentrated on painting, collage and drawing. My work has changed over the years and since the early 1990s I've called myself a printmaker. I have made etchings, screenprints and drypoints but the process which allows me to express myself best, is collagraph. A collagraph is a print from a collage, particularly an intaglio print. Virtually any materials can be used as long as they are fairly flat - fabrics, papers, threads, carborundum - and these days I mostly use found natural materials. I also take direct impressions from these objects without making a plate to create monoprints.

I grew up in rural Northamptonshire, and then found myself in various cities including Coventry, Manchester, Leeds (where I completed a Master’s degree), Liverpool and York, before moving to North Wales in 2000. I'm pleased to be back in a rural environment, surrounded by and still discovering new natural materials for making my work. They provide a means for me to engage and work with the landscape around me rather than depict it in a more conventional way.

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The studio is also where I prepare work for exhibition. I've been making work for long enough now to have exhibited all over the country, as well as overseas, including USA, France and Spain.

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I get huge satisfaction from sharing printmaking skills with others. I have taught part-time in Further and Higher Education but I prefer freelance work – leading workshops and undertaking artist residencies in schools, galleries and community centres. I find that running workshops for others also gives me ideas for my work.

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