I am a woodblock printmaker based in Hartland, North Devon. I trained in Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and subsequently lived and worked in Asia for many years. I recently completed a residency at Guanlan Print Base, China. My work is made as an emotional response to my environment, and I am interested in achieving a semi-abstract dynamism. I have exhibited at the Royal Academy, at the Bankside Gallery and the Mall Galleries, London, and in Shanghai and the US. I have been a demonstrator in printmaking at Art in Action.
I have recently been elected a Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and is the key member of Pine Feroda.
Pine Feroda comprises five individual printmakers (Merlyn Chesterman, Julia Manning, Rod Nelson, Ian Phillips and Judith Westcott) who make prints as a group. Collectively they create their distinctive prints, inspired by the extraordinary coastline of Great Britain. Craggy rock formations, tumultuous seas and the play of light upon water are all explored through their unique collaborative working practice.
Despite having collaborated for less than three years, they show their work widely, exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2015. Solo exhibitions of the group’s work have been presented by Rebecca Hossack, London, and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. In 2014 and 2015, Pine Feroda woodcuts won printmaking prizes at the Royal West of England Academy’s Open Exhibition. Eton College holds a print by the group in its collection.