Kate Watkins, Clevedon Pier. Gocco print
Local artist and printmaker Kate Watkins gave a very inspiring talk to the artists' group this week. She spoke about her 'creative journey' to date focusing on her time at Winchester School of Art doing an MA in printmaking. It was here that she developed her interest in coastal themes, making a panorama of Calshot (read about in on her website here).
|Kate Watkins, Flip Flop. Solvent transfer and pencil study print|
|Kate Watkins, Super Strong. Solvent transfer and graphite|
Since then, Kate has continued to develop this theme in her work, using objects found on the beach to make solvent transfer prints over which she uses graphite. She has also created a seres of abstarct images based on coastal themes.
|Kate Watkins, Weather Worn Circle. Monoprint and ink transfer|
|Kate Watkins, Weather Worn IX. Monoprint and ink transfer|
I really like the fact that Kate mixes different techniques together (something I often do in my own work) to layer up imagery and create rich colour and texture. I was also very impressed by her drive and motivation to create her art, regardless of the various constraints we find ourselves under these days. Wish I could be as focused!