Born (1967) and brought up in Surrey, Cathy now resides in Exeter, Devon, where she raised her family.
After initially training as an Early Years Montessori teacher Cathy gained a BA (HONS) in Humanities with the Open University (2004).
Her return to the visual arts was realised after joining the Double Elephant Print Workshop. It was here that she immediately engaged with the various processes that the discipline of printmaking had to offer. Her primary practice focusses on relief print where she makes small editions of both multi-block and reduction linocut and woodcut. The use of line and form are central to her work and colour is used carefully to balance composition and design producing semi abstract and figurative prints.
The inspiration for her work is widely taken from the natural environment, in particular the landscape and coastline of Devon where ideas are informed through visiting and re-evaluating the landscape to realise a design. Reference to memory is also important, where perceived notions of place can be altered and reworked resulting in an abstraction of the land, capturing an essence of place. Most recently she has been exploring this notion through the medium of Monoprints where combined mark making and cut stencils are over layered to reveal an abstracted landscape.
A more figurative approach, yet still retaining a graphic style is achieved through the depiction of birds, architecture and still life designs.
Her work is widely exhibited throughout the Southwest and further afield and she has recently become a member of MAKE Southwest.
Her linocut prints are made on an Albion Press at the Double Elephant Print Workshop. They are printed using Lawrence linseed oil based inks on acid free paper such as Zerkall, Fabriano Artistico and Somerset Velvet.
Most relief prints form part of an edition, usually between ten and twenty where small variations in colour, tone and ink coverage may be apparent due to the nature of the prints being hand made. Monoprints and occasional collagraphs are made using an etching press at the workshop. Smaller relief prints are made using a Blue Boy printing press at her home.
Cathy's designs have been published with Art Angels Publishing and Canns Down Press. Please see Press.
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