I am a printmaker and painter. Printmaking is the current focus of my artistic practice, although I have painted for many years using a variety of media and continue to draw regularly. The majority of my current output and work that I am known for is Linocut printmaking. In 2012, I was introduced to Printmaking and this is now the main focus of my artistic practice. I use linocut, collagraph, woodcut and drypoint printmaking techniques.
Much of my current work 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. My linocut prints often feature these crags, edges and rugged parts of the world. These are places that will resonate with walkers and climbers.
The prints are made in small editions of 10 -20 prints, using oil based inks. In the print image, sections of rock or rugged terrain scattered with boulders are picked out in stony colours, printed from the shapes cut into the linocut. Smaller cuts and marks serve to show grasses, vegetation and other landscape elements between the slopes, boulders and stone.
Although they are original prints, some of my linocut prints look closer to a painting than a print in style. There is a painterly quality to the work, with sense of distance and tonal range. This achieved through layering of translucent colours and gradations of tone to give a sense of the land and the distance beyond.
As well, as capturing the character of the rocks and edges 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.
I live and work in Sheffield, close to the Peak District and I regularly make use of this for inspiration.
In addition to my art practice, I work part-time work as a dentist in general practice in Sheffield, known as Katherine Lines. I am a qualified dentist and have been working in the NHS since 1988. I divide my time between part-time work, family and my art practice.