Gerry Coles always enjoyed painting and drawing and as a child would spend hours sketching. She studied Art up to A level, but there she stopped. Life intervened and somehow, something she loved became something she never did. The seeds of change were sown when she visited the Victoria gallery in Bath a few years ago and saw wonderful relief prints which were dark and intriguing and made her want to try for herself, so she bought a cheap linocutting kit and started to teach herself how to carve and print with Lino. She was hooked. She has since attended workshops in Linocut with Alexandra Buckle (reduction technique) , Laura Boswell (further painterly techniques) and Beth Jenkins (colour techniques), and has been printing, practising and improving ever since. The ideas for her linocuts come from various sources. Some themes are nature related: she lives in the countryside and regularly walks her dogs Bella and Coco in the fields near where she lives, so inspiration from animals, birds, flowers and trees is never far away. Conversely man-made structures and the built environment are often good sources for prints. Living near Oxford she tends to visit with her camera quite often just in case something catches her eye. She is constantly on the look out for anything that would make a good composition or element to a picture. She has always loved boldness in art whether in colour or black and white and things Lino printing is the perfect medium for showing this off. Visit her website to find out more and purchase prints, or follow her on facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date with all is is doing.
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