Jenny Portlock

My design experience has helped me to develop my ideas and has given my work its strong graphic quality. My inspiration is drawn from my own imagination combined with a love of all aspects of the countryside. My work has evolved to take on a more fantasy, dreamlike quality sometimes incorporating lettering into the designs to further evoke the mood. There is often a hidden meaning within the design, an emotion or thought I am trying to express, but I like to leave it to the viewer to form their own interpretation. I love the Art Nouveau period and am fascinated by rhythmical shapes and intricate detail.

I print my wood engravings and linocuts onto hand-made papers using an antique cast-iron press and have designed my own imprint which is hand-embossed into each print.