Fiona Carver

“Original Paintings and Prints of the British Coastline and Landscape”

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About Fiona Carver

Fiona Carver

Original lino prints and oil paintings of the British Coastline and Landscape

I knew I wanted to be an artist from as early as I can remember. My great aunt was a painter and my mother trained as an architect so art was always a part of my childhood. I still have my grandmothers old oil paints in their lead tubes. If I run out a colour unexpectedly I will delve into them - they are still perfect!

I studied for my degree at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in furniture design and I continued to make furniture for some years after graduating. Then one day I picked up a piece of lino and started cutting away. I'd done a bit at college but suddenly I was hooked!

I create all my prints at my little village studio in Rutland, making regular trips to the coast to sketch and paint. I paint mainly 'en plein air' which means I paint from life, setting up my easel on a cliff edge, the side of a field or on a wet sandy beach. The immediacy of this way of working is a lovely contrast to the long process of creating a linocut.

I have an old cast iron press that I use to print my linocuts. They are mostly made up of 4-5 colours and I carve a completely different piece of lino for each layer of colour. It is an exciting medium with so many possibilities and you never know quite how the print will end up until you lift the paper on the final colour.

I hope you enjoy looking at my pictures, I have enjoyed making them.