Artist explores the countryside with new exhibition

A print from Julie Robinson-Southward's exhibition
A print from Julie Robinson-Southward's exhibition
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Artist printmaker Julie Robinson-Southward is preparing her latest exhibition, Rural Impressions, to open next month.

Elswick-based Julie returned to art when she retired from working at the Land Registry at Lytham.

Rural Impressions runs at Garstang Arts Centre from Tuesday, June 2 to Thursday, June 25 and is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, visit for times.

Julie will be at the gallery every Thursday to talk about her work and techniques, covering mainly etchings and reduction linocuts, as well as collagraphs and silkscreen screenprints - even combining techniques to get the right result. She said: “My inspiration comes from my local area and its wildlife and agriculture.

“After leaving art school I worked outside the art world, but continued to paint and exhibit. I was originally a landscape and portrait painter working in oils and acrylic, but I tried various methods of printmaking and discovered a love of etching.

“I had a break from picture making between 1990 and 2009 to pursue other creative interests, but when I retired in 2009 I returned to printmaking.

“I love the diversity of results achieved by the different printmaking processes and the excitement of never knowing what the end result will be.”