• gill thompson artist/printmaker
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I am a fine art printmaker and artist based on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Having lived in Herefordshire for much of my working life I have now moved to the Isle of Lewis where we have built a house and a studio with an amazing view of the sea.

I have always been interested in drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. In my work as a Speech and Language Therapist, Teacher and Head Teacher I have always placed great emphasis on the value of encouraging children to learn and experience all forms of visual and performance arts as a way of expressing themselves and building self esteem.

I studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and then worked on my MA in theatre design at the University of North Carolina, learning the skills needed for set and costume design and creation. This helped me to work 'big' and to appreciate texture and colour. Over the years I have  studied Fine Art and ,more recently, Printmaking at Hereford College of Art.

Now retired from teaching in schools, I have been able to focus on my love of creative art. I am fascinated by the process of building printing plates using found materials or carving into card or lino to produce images that reflect the rugged environment of the natural world.

My work is inspired by the coast and moorland, the amazing skies and the rich palette of colours here in the Outer Hebrides. The light constantly changes as does the weather, presenting a miriad of possibilities for new artwork.

Collagraph printing is very satisfying although not always predictable. It is a very expressive  method of reflecting textures and shapes.

Linocut printing  provides more precise images and presents an enjoyable contrast between the linear mark making/cutting of lino and the  more abstract effect of collagraph printing.

Mixed media work using monoprinted paper and card to collage and work into with paint and ink is another exciting way of working. This results in highly textured pictures with unusual shapes and colour combinations.

 

I produce a range of cards which are either handpulled  lino prints or are taken from original collagraph and monoprint work. (see the Shop page)

I enjoy teaching workshops and classes in printmaking techniques and making this wonderful art process accessible to a wide variety of people, young and old.

I hope you enjoy my work.

To find out more about the different Types of printmaking  please click on 'Printmaking Techniques'