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Artist Sue Welfare features in the gallery this March and April

Posted on 27 Jan 2020

Sue's work will be on display in the gallery throughout March and April.

Sue in her own words:

I‘m an artist, printmaker and writer born, living and working in West Norfolk.

I’ve got no formal arts training and only began working full time as an artist in my very late 50’s after a career as a freelance writer. I think one really helped the other. I’ve always been very visual - when writing I could see what was happening to my characters, and I think that that visual imagination has helped me develop as an artist.It also helps me manage the ups and downs of self-employment!

Before becoming a full time printmaker I tried lots of arts and crafts. I’ve worked with mosaics, stained glass, wet felting, papercutting – all of that experience and experimentation was worthwhile, helping to build up skills in composition, mark making, colour, handling tools, finding out about inks and blades and glue – and meeting some amazing people who were prepared to show me, teach me and share their knowledge.

I now work primarily as a linocut printmaker, creating unique handprinted images, which for me is the perfect balance of art and craft. I love working out the composition and drawing the blocks, but then also love the physical act of carving and the technical challenges that comes with creating a print.

My work has strong coastal and country themes, my inspiration drawn from my love of the Norfolk Coast and Countryside as well as its diverse wildlife, and the colourful chaos of domestic life.

Updates on Sue's news and projects can be found on her facebook page - www.facebook.com/suewelfareartistandprintmaker or her instagram account - www.instagram.com/sue.welfare_artist