Local artist and printmaker Ann Lewis creates stunning artwork inspired by various aspects of the Welsh landscape.
Ann originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator. In time, fine art finally overtook from her illustration work. And she’s now a full-time artist printmaker based in Gerlan near Bethesda and Penmaenmawr. Whilst she creates a variety of works in different styles and media, Ann’s real passion is linocut.
Creating a new linocut can involve lots of looking, sketching and pottering as inspiration builds. It can take a long time to perfect a design. And during this time, there’s a steady process to creating a new image. Sketching, photography and more sketches before the final design is drawn onto lino and then steadily cut out. It can take over a month to create a new edition. In addition, each image is then produced as a limited run, with each print meticulously created by hand.
Inspired by nature
Many of Ann’s landscape linocuts have a focal point of a waterfall, river or coastline. And her use of natural, soft colours and clean, blocky lines and shapes creates evocative, beautiful pieces of work. The delicate and detailed linocuts of birds, wildlife, plants and flowers look so true to life. And if you are a cat lover, a lovely gallery of gorgeous cats will most likely, make you smile.
Here at Your Hwb, we’re great admirers of Ann’s work and we follow her new projects with interest. So we were over the moon when she agreed to work with us. Her work “Terns over Maltraeth” features on the cover of this year’s edition of the Your Hwb handbook.
North Wales born and bred, Ann loves her job and takes great pride in taking her Welsh message out to a wider audience.