Flora McLachlan

Website: http://www.floramclachlan.co.uk

Email: flora@murky.net

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All shall be well, etching, 40 x 45cm

Driving through Wales, lithograph, 27 x 44cm

Shadowed air, etching, 27 x 29cm

Speckled land, lithograph, 30 x 43cm

Field above the sea, lithograph, 24 x 27cm

Song of the nightjars, etching, 40 x 45cm


Statement

When making my etchings, I bite the plate deeply then use sandpaper to sculpt the plate surface. Once I’ve created the terrain, I add shadows and weathers, painting the acid on like watercolour.

For lithography I watch the flow of the washes on the stone and follow the idea onwards as I draw, adding pen and ink drawing and scraping away areas to slowly build the image. These two approaches express my lyrical response to landscape.

In my work I am trying to evoke an ancient and numinous landscape. I am inspired by the quests of medieval romance poetry, adventuring through the nurturing and destructive aspects of the landscape, its nests and chasms, its sanctuaries entwined with sharp thorns. I’m feeling for a lost magic; a glimpse through trees of the white hart.


Biography

I was born in 1974 and grew up in Sussex, loving to draw and invent imaginary worlds. I began with an Art Foundation in Brighton, then did an English degree at Oxford University. I then made etchings at Oxford Printmakers’ Co-op for thirteen years, and then moved to Wales, where I have established a print workshop of my own in Pembrokeshire, on the edge of a moor, amongst lichened trees. I specialise in etching but I also love stone lithography. I’m a director of Aberystwyth Printmakers and in 2013 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

CV

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