I’m proud to introduce my talented mum Christine Southworth as my next guest blogger. Mum is the artist responsible for all the watercolour illustrations on my blog posts. I love the watercolour paintings I grew up with but she is also accomplished in oils, life drawing and most recently, etchings.
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Christine Southworth Biography
Training: Bolton College of Art – Art & Design, Craft, Textiles, Lithography & Etching
Career: Head of Art at a prestigious boys’ school. Now retired.
Location: Lancashire, England
Story: After a rewarding and successful teaching career I took early retirement to fulfil my ambition to become a professional artist working from my own studio in the North of England and in a studio I have hidden away in a Canadian forest. ♦ Several years ago I joined NEO Artist Print Studio; I work there most days producing etchings based on my research and travels. I like to work from life, developing unique interpretations of human and natural forms. ♦ My main passion is for drawing, drawing helps me understand the world I live in and is a natural progression to etching. ♦ My favourite material to etch on is copper but I do use zinc and solar plates are ideal for any collage based designs. ♦ During my career I have been in many exhibitions: Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, The Royal Birmingham, Manchester Academy and many others. My most notable commission was for Diana, Princess of Wales. ♦ This year I was awarded full membership of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and Associate member of the Society of Women Artists. At the last SWA exhibition I was honoured to be awarded the Barbara Tate Award for best body of work, by HRH the Princess Michael of Kent. ♦ The theme for this collection of etchings is to show the plight of children who are caught up in war zones all over the world and to illustrate a need to protect the innocents.
The Etchings of Christine Southworth
And finally, one of my favourites, “Shamen”