My name is Cheryl, I live in Wiltshire with my husband Julian and our 2 cats.
I have a HND in Graphic Design and was a Graphic Designer for many years. I have two grown up children, one is a veterinary Nurse who has just got married and my son is a chef in a Michelin starred restaurant in Birmingham.
My love is art and design and have discovered print, starting with lino printing, which I still do, but have a love of drypoint etching. Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed “needle” of sharp metal or diamond point. Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or plexiglas are also commonly used. Like etching, drypoint is easier for an artist trained in drawing to master than engraving, as the technique of using the needle is closer to using a pencil than the engraver’s burin. Once the plate s made ink is rubbed into the image and then rubbed off with scrim (a rag that takes ink off and moves it around the plate but doesn’t scratch it).
Paper is soaked and placed on the plate then run through an intaglio press.
Each print is different to the next which I like.
I also paint, draw and have helped in the past and more recently with my own daughter, weddings, designing invitations, Order of Service, place settings etc. I have ended up in being the wedding planner which I enjoyed!
A lot of my work tends to be nature from animals to plants which you will see from my website.
I am also involved in Open Studios, this year exhibiting in Swindon in September.