ROSEMARY ATKINS EXHIBITION
About the Artist and Exhibition
Since retiring from teaching art in a secondary school, I have been able to finally create my own work,(not ideas for pupils, but for me!)
I recognized a degree of jealousy in me, while looking forward to the next lesson in which my year 10 pupils were making linocuts; so that was the medium that I plunged into after retiring.
The process requires some planning and a particular way of seeing a promising image. What I was drawn to was texture, edges and contrast. Tree forms, natural forms and rock formations often presented the features that inspired me. Each image needs to be translated into simple shapes and then broken down into stages, that will combine to finally present the complete picture.
This can be an arduous process, but there is a great sense of expectancy, building up to the final layer; always a mixture of delight and relief!
When my printing press broke, I turned towards painting. My subject matter continues to be similar: tree forms, stone walls, texture…
The development of a painted image is quite different to the linocutting process: much more nuanced colour and gradual building, with scope for alteration and maybe obliteration; never possible with printing, which can never be reversed.
However, I can’t resist the challenge of depicting a texture, an edge, a sinuous form and love to draw the viewer’s attention to something that I have relished!