This original limited edition woodcut print by Valerie Sims was inspired by walking the coastal path between Bossiney and Boscastle in North Cornwall.
In the image a kestrel is about to swoop on a vole while a rabbit cowers in one corner.
Valerie grew up in Leigh on Sea on the Thames estuary, but now lives in Ely on the Fens with the nearby Norfolk coast for inspiration.
The area is a reminder of her childhood primal landscape of water, birds, boats and wooden structures. Her interest in ecology and the interconnectedness of all things in the natural world also plays a large part in her work.
Valerie has a degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the Cambridge School of Art and shows her work regularly in East Anglia and occasionally further afield.
Woodcuts are created by cutting an image into a wood or plywood block. Working in reverse, the artist cuts away areas and these appear in the finished print as the white parts of the design while the ink adheres to the raised areas.
Oil based Ink is then rolled over the block and printmaking paper placed over, before applying gentle pressure either using a hand-operated press or by hand to create the print.
Each one of these individually hand printed woodcut prints is an original work of art and is technically known as an impression, they are supplied unframed and packaged well for delivery.
A Limited Edition of 40, each has been signed and numbered by the artist.
Paper Size: 38 x 33 cm
Image Size: 32 x 26 cm