Welcome to the fourth instalment of our nine part artist interview series, showcasing the creative talent behind our new paper pounds. If you’re interested in joining us as we reveal the new designs with a fun party at Spike Island Cafe on 5th July, click here to reserve your free spot.
How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I’m an artist printmaker, making original hand made prints from lino cuts. I love the experimentation that printing allows – re-creating the image but each time it’s slightly different.
Why did you enter the competition to design a Bristol Pound?
I think that Bristol Pounds are a great thing for Bristol and for keeping money in our local economy. I was excited to think that, as a Bristol artist, I might get one of my prints on the Bristol Pounds and promote their use.
What’s the story behind “Bristol Fox”?
The fox print came first – I felt it was a real challenge to try to create the fox with its eyes shut – normally the eyes give the life to any kind of portrait. The print was created from two lino plates – the background etched with caustic soda to give it texture and the the top plate of the fox carved with my sharp lino cutting tools. I then added some darker watercolour by hand once the print was dry. Having got my Little Buddha Fox I realised that my two favourite visual images of Bristol are foxes and hot air balloons so I made a separate plate of balloons to go down either side of the fox.
What artists inspire you?
There are always many many influences in anyone’s art but I think that the two artists that I admire hugely are Rembrandt and Modigliani. A modern printmaker who I really like is Mychael Barratt – his artist’s cats and dogs series is wonderful – warm and witty.
How has Bristol inspired your work?
Bristol has an amazing, vibrant art and music culture which has helped me to develop my work. I was inspired both in the early days of my printmaking by a class run by renowned engraver Peter Reddick and then using workshop space at Spike Print Studios. The various art trails within Bristol – particularly being a member of the North Bristol Art trail – have also helped to encourage me and show my work.
What are your artistic career highlights so far?
Being included in a four woman show at the RWA; also having all three of my submitted prints accepted one year at the RWA Autumn Open.
What are your aims for the future?
To carry on experimenting and enjoying printmaking. Also to finally get a print onto the walls of the RA Summer Exhibition – I’ve got very close five times now – selected but not hung!
Where can we find you online?
Thank you Mary!