Rain Over Newton Bay

Original monoprint.

Dimensions: 650  x 510mm 

Hannah Forsyth moved to Northumberland 23 years ago having originally moved up here from Hertfordshire with the intention of staying for a year or so...23 years later I have well and truly put down lasting roots and Northumberland is definitely my home!  I have a lovely husband,  two lovely children and a dog (who is lovely!).

I studied art at foundation level, went on to study Sculpture at Brighton and Wolverhampton where I worked mainly in found/recycled materials on a very large scale. When I moved to Northumberland I was lacking studio space and time to pursue my sculptural ideas & I was inspired by the amazing clouds & vast coastline to take up photography,  I still enjoy photography but wanted to find a medium that I could physically 'play' with, mould, move, construct ....

Several years ago I did a wonderful printmaking workshop, I was truly inspired and felt I had found the medium that suited the way I had always wanted to work. I love the way you can take ink on and off the plate, mark make using any and all materials; the way you can use a roller like a paint brush, the freedom, the incredible colours, the quality of the ink itself. The plates before they are printed look so vibrant and alive, they have a life of their own, a fleeting existence as they change once placed on the printing press. The excitement, trepidation of not knowing exactly how your print will turn out….often it is not until  the monoprint has completely dried that you truly see how it looks.  It’s an exciting world to spend time in, it can be an emotional rollercoaster, a day in the studio is fulfilling. Printmaking generates its own heat and atmosphere from the inks...