Louise Thompson, Heddon Valley

Ghost Fishing by Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson is a printmaker from Ilfracombe who has often used the coastline of North Devon to inspire her work. Last year she spent a week at the National Trust's remote Orchard Workshop in the Heddon Valley, Exmoor, sketching and printing the dramatic landscape and rare wildlife. She has since returned, and continues to use Heddon Valley as inspiration for many of her prints.

Artwork by Louise Thompson in the Orchard workshop
Artwork by Louise Thompson in the Orchard Workshop
Artwork by Louise Thompson in the Orchard workshop

What is your artistic inspiration?

My work is mainly printmaking based and I love the challenge of simplifying ideas and images to create art from Linocuts, etchings, screen-prints and collagraphs. They all produce different results and I love the versatility of the medium.

A print of Heddon Valley in progress
Print of Heddon Valley by Louise Thompson
A print of Heddon Valley in progress

What did you do during your residency at Heddon Valley?

During my residency I used time in the Orchard Workshop to create drawings, linocuts and collagraphs - prints inspired by the unique landscape at Heddon Valley.

I visited the valley quite a few times before the residency to walk, sketch and photograph the land and seascape so I had ideas in place to create artwork

How has Heddon Valley inspired your work?

Working at Heddon was lovely to have that time (without distraction) to create art. It's peaceful and inspiring near the river but also dramatic and wild down by the sea.

Are there any other National Trust places that have inspired you?

I think the whole of North Devon is inspiring but my favorites include Heddon Valley, Watersmeet, Lundy Island and Morte Point.

Tideline Scavengers by Louise Thompson
Tideline Scavengers by Louise Thompson
Tideline Scavengers by Louise Thompson

What advice would you give to someone wanting to develop their artistic ability?

I had a long gap from leaving art school to now. To get inspired and motivated again I went to some printmaking workshops. The best thing is to make time to be creative.

Find out more:

Twitter @louthompsonba
Website – www.artfinder.com/louthompsonba
Instagram – wildcoastart
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