My printmaking practice starts out from my immediate environments. My work is based on observation and experimentation. Starting points may be walks in the countryside, found natural items from the allotment, photographs or assembled objects directly in front of me in my studio. Each allows for exploration in methods and practice to create the plates used for my prints.
My intaglio printmaking includes collagraphs from cut and collaged cardboard plates; etchings from hard-ground drawings and soft-ground impressions. Combined with other techniques, aquatints and rolled relief blocks, these provide endless possibilities for experimentations in layers of shape, form and textures.
My first experiences of printmaking were during my arts foundation (John Cass) and Fine Art degree course (Central St Martins), but it was some years later while travelling and living in Brazil for 2 years, that I turned to intaglio printmaking as my main artistic practice.
During my time in Brazil I worked in a number of artist studios and schools, learning techniques in “fotogravura” – solarplate etching – and “gravura de cobre” – copper etching. Building on these experiences back in London, and literally re-learning the language of printmaking (from Portiguese to my native English), I am now based at the Thames Side Print Studio in south east London.
Print studio experience:
Thames Side Print Studio, Woolwich, London
Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estudio Dezenove, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museu do Trabalho, Centro, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Espaço Atelier, Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
MorleyCollege, London: Advanced Printmaking
Central St Martins School of Art & Design London: Fine Art Degree
John Cass School of Art, London: Foundation in Art and Design
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018, Woolwich, London
“Impress”, Lumen Gallery, London
“Catford Arts”, host venue and exhibitor 2016-2018, Catford, London
“Freedom of the Press”, no format Gallery, Woolwich, London
“Edições 2010”, Espaço Atelier, Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
“2.977 x 108” Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London
ArtSway, Sway, New Forest, Hampshire