Printmaker and painter Angela Harding has lived in Rutland (the smallest county in the UK) since 1988, since attending the Artist in Residence Program at Uppingham School. The Rutland countryside is a great inspiration for the artist's work, as there is an abundance of animal and bird life, and her studio overlooks gentle sloping hills and sheep fields. Harding is invested in depicting the birds that she sees around her home such as sparrows, redshanks, and curlews; first drawing them and then turning the drawings into prints. She works in a variety of techniques including lino/vinyl, silkscreen, drypoint, etching, and woodblock prints; combining water and oil based inks to give the works a softness and clarity. Her delicate linework backgrounds contextualize her subjects with the atmosphere of place; whether amidst fruit or bushes or greenery.
Harding has worked as an an illustrator for Gardens Illustrated, BBC Countryfile and Country Living Magazine. She also works closely with Art Angel Publishing, who publish her work as greeting cards and notecards. The high quality of their reproduction has benefited Harding's work by bringing it to a larger audience.
Courtesy of the artist