Charlotte lives near Aberystwyth, on the Welsh coast, with her family – close to her childhood home. She draws inspiration for her work from her experiences of the land and sea around her, often gathering ideas whilst walking or mountain biking. Conveying a sense of movement and life is particularly important to her, and this is one of the reasons she is drawn to the coast: the tides, weather and waves provide an ever-changing subject matter and her love of surfing gives her the opportunity for new perspectives of the coastline.
Working with lino and woodcut brings exciting possibilities and challenges – most notably the unpredictable results that can be achieved through building layers, pattern and texture within her prints. Charlotte works with relief printing methods by carving a design into a lino or wooden block using small carving tools. She then inks the carved block using a roller (brayer) and the design is transferred to paper using a press.
Layers can be added by printing on top of the initial print using additional blocks (multi block) or by cutting away the same block and printing with a different colour (reduction method).