Kath Littler

A brief biography…

I was born in 1951 in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and studied Graphic Design/Illustration at Bristol 1969–1972, qualifying as an Art Teacher at Liverpool in 1973.

I have worked throughout my career as a teacher of all ages and abilities, at the same time practising as a painter in various media including textiles. Between 1980 and 1992 I held many solo exhibitions throughout Wales. After moving to Dorset in 1992, I began supplying commercial galleries in Pembrokeshire, London, North Wales and Dorset, before settling in Monmouthshire in 2015.

I became interested in printmaking while living in Dorset, becoming a member of Poole Printmakers for many years. Then, in 2003, I re-met my lecturer from college, Peter Reddick, a prominent wood engraver and book illustrator. His beautifully-skilled engravings with their fluid rhythms and black and white contrast expressing drama in nature inspired me to take up the medium.

Much of my subject matter derives from the beauty of the landscape and coast where I was born and continue to return, as well as the Black Mountains where I now live, and occasional trips to Orkney. To engrave is to re-visit and experience with a new form of expression, desiring to make a thing of beauty which invites the onlooker to be inspired by the atmosphere and character of these natural surroundings.

As well as my love of landscape, I am interested in exploring this most graphic of mediums for observations on what we, humans, are up to in the world – social comment of some kind.

I am a member of the Society of Wood Engravers, with whom I have regularly exhibited in their Annual Travelling Exhibition in recent years. I exhibit in galleries in Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire and Orkney.

Kath Littler – artist & wood engraver