Expressive print making. Painting directly on the back of a silkscreen
My love of screen printing started young. My earliest screen print was done when I was studying for my A levels at DLA (Drama and Liberal Arts) Stratford-upon-Avon college. Having recently left my very strict girls’ school in Warwick, the new freedom the course offered was a like a breath of fresh air. DLA was a hotspot of theatrical talent and many well known actors, writers and directors started their careers under the tutelage of the head, Gordon Vallins. It was an amazing time but I never lost sight of wanting a career in art.
For much of my life I worked as a creative art director/designer, and came back to painting just six years ago. What is exciting is that I have recently rediscovered my love of silkscreen but this time around have found a way to combine painting and printing by painting directly on the back of the screen and then pulling through.
It has opened up a whole new world and I feel as if I’m back as a child making pools of fabulous colour which I combine in a free and expressive way.
A couple of examples of my hand painted silkscreen monotypes.