I am a printmaker and painter based in Sheffield. I have painted for many years using a variety of media and I continue to draw regularly. In 2012, I was introduced to Printmaking and this is now the main focus of my artistic practice. Much of my current output and artwork that I am known for is Linocut printmaking. Other techniques that I use include collagraph, woodcut and drypoint.
Much of my current artwork is inspired by the landscape. I love the natural environment, both land and sea. Living in Sheffield, we are close to the Peak District and particularly to Stanage Edge, which is popular with both walkers and climbers.. My linocut prints often feature crags, edges and rugged places. The rocks and cliff edges stand out from the moorlands and rise from the rugged terrain, just as the cut edges in the lino plates that I make show the block shapes of rocks, the profile of a buttress or line of an escarpement. Smaller cuts and marks into the lino serve to show grasses, vegetation and other landscape elements between the slopes, boulders and stone.
Some of my linocut prints may look closer to painting than a print, in style and appearance. The painterly quality to the work is achieved through layering of translucent colours and use of gradations of tone, to give a sense of the contours and varied colours in the land.
As well, as capturing the character of the rocks and terrain in my prints, the landscape profile and rocky features are shown accurately, such that climbing routes or other landscape features can be identified by the viewer. My close family and many of my friends are climbers, and with them I have spent much time walking and exploring these rocky places. This informs my artwork and understanding of the rocks in the landscape, and the climber’s relationship with it.
My work has been exhibited in galleries in Sheffield, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Buxton, Derby, Macclesfield, Barton-on-Humber, and Hull.
In 2019 I received a bursary from Making Ways funded by the Arts council, for artistic professional development, which I used to expand my knowledge and learn another printmaking technique.
In 2019, I received runner up award at the North Lincolnshire Open; in 2018, in the Derby Print Open, I was awarded the Air Arts Award; and in 2017, I was awarded a Derbyshire County Council Award in the 35th Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition.
Prior to, and for a long time alongside my my art practice, I worked as a dentist in general practice in Sheffield, under my maiden name Katherine Lines. I qualified as a dentist in 1988 and practised for 32 years mostly in the NHS. I recently decided to cease practice as a dentist, and to focus fully on my creative and artistic practice.