ABOUT

I have been a printmaker using the intaglio process of etching for at least fifteen years.

Etching is quite labour-intensive but I think that suits my slow way of working and gives me time to think about and explore whatever visual image I have decided to translate into a print. I am attracted by line and texture and contrast - no matter what the subject, at least one of those elements would have caught my eye

Mainly I use steel plates for my etchings and occasionally copper. The surface of the plate can be worked and put in the etching tray numerous times - this may take months before I feel the image is ready to edition. I do not complete pulling an entire edition in one session, just one or two at a time when needed. This results in what is known as a "variable" edition and in my work this can mean either tiny differences in the colour mixes of ink or even a much different inking of the plate. I think this highlights the fact that every time the plate is inked by hand, damp paper laid over the top and then pulled through the press, each piece produced is an original

Some general information about printmaking is on the FAQ page.

Bella Etching Detail

AWARDS:

Bath Society of Artists: Awarded the Bath Society of Artists Print Prize in 2020
At the end of 2021 I was elected a Member of the Bath Society of Artists

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery:
The Mary Symons Memorial Award (for Printmaking) twice;
The Clarke Willmott Award for Overall Merit; and,
The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award

The Royal Society of British Artists: Awarded the Stuart Southall Print Prize in 2022

Bruton Art Society: Received the Joy Barnes Award in 2019

Artcare, Salisbury Hospital: Runner-up in 2020 and Overall Winner in 2015

OPEN EXHIBITIONS:

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2023, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Also selected in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2005

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Annual Open Exhibition 2023, Lymington
Also selected in 2022, 2020, and every year from 2005 - 2016

Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) Open Exhibition 2022, Mall Galleries, London

The Royal Society of British Artists Open Exhibition 2022, Mall Galleries, London

R.W.A. Bristol,168th Annual Open Exhibition, 2020, Bristol
Postponed and finally shown May, 2021

The South West Academy Annual Open Exhibition, 2021, Sidmouth

Bruton Art Society's Annual Exhibition 2022, Bruton
Also selected in 2021, 2020 (on-line), 2019

Artcare Annual Open Exhibition, Salisbury Hospital 2022
Also selected in 2020 and 2015

Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition 2019, Frome
Also selected in 2017

Dorchester Arts Open Exhibition 2017, Dorchester

Sherborne Art Club's Annual Open Exhibition 2017, Dorset

New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2016, Mall Galleries, London

The New Forest Open Art Exhibition 2016, Lyndhurst

The National Trust's Mottisfont Annual Open Exhibition, Mottisfont
Selected in 2013 and 2014

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Gordon Close and Victoria Garland, a joint exhibition at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre, May 2023

"Off the Beaten Track", Group Exhibition with Rachel Sargent, Tim Scott Bolton, Paul MacDermot, Summerleaze Gallery, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, October, 2022

"Contemporary Cuts", A Selected Group Exhibition at St Barbes Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, 2022

"Impressions", Group Exhibition with Eric Bailey, Jane Barnard, The Slade Centre, Gillingham Dorset, April-May, 2022

"Together", Group Exhibition with Caroline Hughes and Eric Bailey, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, May, 2021

Group Exhibition with Andrea Jenkins and John Goodliffe, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, April, 2019

"Art Naturally", Shaftesbury Arts Centre, November, 2018

Dorset Art Weeks, Shaftesbury Arts Centre May/June, 2018

Artcare Exhibition, Salisbury Hospital, October, 2016

Hallgate Galleries, Hexham, Northumberland, Autumn Exhibition 2016

Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire, Winter Collection 2016

Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Old School Gallery, St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery April 2013
Invited to show at the inaugural group exhibition

Poetry Competition - Lymington Arts Festival and St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, 2016
The Poetry Competition prize-winner chose my etching, "Still Life with Tulips" as the inspiration for their poem.