A Rift in the Land
Daybreak - monotype
Waving in the Wind, Giclee print
Shepherd's Cottage, etching
Hawthorn Edge, monotype
Ploughed Earth, etching
Here in this Moment, monotype
The March of the Birch, monotype
Hill Top Stand
Earth Lines 2
Born in Lancashire, Rebecca studied Fine Art at Oxford and Newcastle Universities before becoming a professional artist specialising in printmaking.
Her etchings and monotypes of the North East landscape glow with rich colours and delicate textures. In Rebecca's hands, the landscape undergoes a stylisation process that clarifies the pattern of fields and hedgerows into an almost abstract pattern of intersecting shapes.
Using a wide range of hand-printed marks, Rebecca delicately conveys the repetitive patterns of fields, hills and hedgerows. 'Etching is an amazing medium that offers so many mark-making possibilities. I can interpret the landscape using an appropriate technique for each area: fine lines for the winter trees, even textures for the farmed land, and soft, wash-like marks for the sky. The etched marks have a slightly raised quality when printed and give the precision and depth of tone that I'm looking for.'
Rebecca's strong use of colour gives her landscape prints a distinctive style. 'Monotype is a broader and more expressive medium than etching. I can explore the same subject of rolling farmland populated by trees in a different way. The monotypes tend to have more movement and less precise definition; they are not planned out but composed freely during the process, with only a rough compositional idea. Since the colours are applied in layers there are powerful interactions between colours, especially in the foreground, where the colour and mark-making are at their most intense.'
Rebecca is the founder of Horsley Printmakers, a studio devoted to the creation of original handmade prints. From there she is able to share her creativity and knowledge with others and offers a range of courses and workshops in printmaking.
You may also recognise Rebecca's work from our Summer Camp promotions, which feature her beautiful Hawthorn Edge monotype, shown above.