“I am a full time artist/printmaker living in Port William, Wigtownshire. I use a variety of techniques to capture pattern, light and texture in landscape, townscape and natural history subjects, particularly birds. I work using zinc plate, woodblocks, Perspex (for monotypes) and other materials to create intaglio and relief printing surfaces. I have been printmaking for sixteen years and became a full time artist in June 2005. In 2007 and 2008 I won national prizes for pieces of bird art at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art.
Originally a career conservationist, it was the natural beauty of Dumfries and Galloway which drew me to the area. At the western end of the county you are exposed to the elements: most obviously the sea in all its moods, but also to the deeply rural way of life, which continues to resist change. This proximity to nature is of course enhanced by the birds animals and plants which have long made the area their home. This double thread – the landscape and its natural history – is what speaks to me: and that is what I aim to record and share in these works. Recent holidays elsewhere in Scotland (Arran, The Orkneys and Caithness) also provide inspiration.”
Lisa was born in Hampshire and has lived in north east Essex, mid Wales, Gloucestershire and Dumfries and Galloway where she has now settled. Lisa has always painted, exploring a variety of media and subjects. The turning point in her artistic development came in 1992 when she joined an evening class in etching at what is now the University of Gloucestershire. Over successive years her commitment to printmaking grew and in 1998 she bought her own press and started working from her basement studio in Cheltenham.
Lisa began to sell her work at first locally and then further afield. In 1999 a significant corporate sale was followed by a small solo exhibition and acceptance onto the AA2A scheme in September. This scheme enabled Lisa to spend 100 hours in the University studios developing a portfolio of work on barns for a final exhibition early in 2000. Redundancy from the Civil Service in June 2005 enabled her to relocate to south west Scotland in order to become a full time artist.
Lisa’s work has been marketed by galleries in Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Bath, St Ives and London and is now in the Mc Gill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas, The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright, Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, the Dirleton Gallery in East Lothian and the Birdscapes Gallery in North Norfolk. She is a member of Galloway Artists and Makers and the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society. In 2011, she enjoyed a busy programme of mixed and solo exhibitions in Dumfries and Galloway, starting with an exhibition with SWLA member Matt Underwood at the Stokesley Gallery near Darlington, followed by a joint exhibition with John Threlfall at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust HQ in Slimbridge and the Spring Fling Open Studio event. In May she participated in a very successful mixed exhibition by bird art printmakers at the Birdscapes Gallery in North Norfolk which will also be exhibiting her work in September in celebration of the launch of a Langford Press book on Wildlife Art Printmakers, which features Lisa’s work. She also exhibits regularly in the National Exhibition of Wildlife art, where she has twice won prizes (2007 and 2008) for her entries. She has been invited to take part in an RSPB exhibition at the Maclurin Gallery in September, called “On the Wing”.
Her work is varied both in terms of technique and subject matter but her passion for landscape and natural history, particularly birds, is evident in much of her work.
Lisa also teaches printmaking and batik on paper from her studio/gallery, which is in her home in Port William, Dumfries and Galloway.
“I have been an artist/printmaker since 1991 when I started to attend evening classes in etching at the University of Gloucestershire, buying my own press in 1998. I gradually developed my work and began to market it whilst working full time as a civil servant, until in June 2005 I was made redundant. I relocated to Dumfries and Galloway (arriving in October 2005) in order to pursue a new career as a full time artist.”
Overview of art related activity to date
In 1999 a significant corporate sale to the Nuffield Foundation was followed by a small solo exhibition and acceptance onto the AA2A (Artists access to Art Colleges) Scheme. I then started to sell in commercial galleries in the Midlands and through artists groups in that area, prior to my relocation. In 2007 I had a significant solo exhibition at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust HQ in Gloucestershire (repeated with John Threlfall earlier this year). I now exhibit regularly in the National Exhibition of Wildlife art, where I have twice won prizes (2007 and 2008) for my entries. The 2008 prize included a full length feature in the magazine “Birds Illustrated“ which led to increased interest in my work.
My work has been marketed by galleries in Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Bath, St Ives and London and is now in the Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, the Mc Gill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas, Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, the Dirleton Gallery in East Lothian and the Birdscapes Gallery in North Norfolk. This year, I have enjoyed a busy programme of mixed and solo exhibitions starting with the exhibition at Slimbridge mentioned above, followed by the Spring Fling Open Studio event , the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, and the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society Summer exhibition (for which I was a selector). Later this year I will be participating in On the Wing – an RSPB run exhibition at the Maclurin Gallery in Ayr in September. In May this year I participated in a very successful mixed exhibition by bird art printmakers at the Birdscapes Gallery and in September another exhibition at Birdscapes will celebrate the publication of a Langford Press book on Wildlife Printmakers which will feature my work.
I am using a wide variety of techniques to capture pattern, light and texture in landscape, townscape and natural history subjects, particularly birds. I work from my etching studio, at home, using zinc plate, woodblocks, Perspex and other materials to create intaglio and relief printing surfaces. I have also developed a technique for producing batik pictures on paper.
I see my work developing in expression and depth as I concentrate, to a greater degree than has previously been possible, on my artistic response to birds and birdlife and begin to explore new themes such as the landscape of Dumfries and Galloway and other parts of Scotland.
I am also offering a range of courses run from my home in paper batik and various kinds of printmaking. My aim is to create communicative but enduring and decorative images.