Luella’s work explores landscapes and skylines, usually in the Sussex countryside and coastal areas using the mediums of solar etching and oil painting. These images come from observing and visiting the same places many times.
The solar etchings are all hand-made limited editions printed by the artist.
Solar etching differs from traditional etching in that the plate is made using sunlight (or UV lamp) and tap water, making it a non-toxic process which avoids hazardous chemicals. The plate is then inked up “intaglio” and printed by hand in exactly the same way as a traditional etching, using an etching press.
Luella’s etchings are often printed over the edge of the paper with no border and sometimes ink is brushed or rolled on to the plate or the paper is painted before printing.
Luella was educated in London. She studied at Hornsey & Byam Shaw Colleges Of Art. Post-graduate Studies at Goldsmiths College, London. Lectured part-time in London and Sussex before travelling extensively in Europe and living in Australia for 12 years.
She returned to England in 1997 & now working full-time in her studio at Phoenix Brighton on the south coast.
Studio visits welcome but must be arranged by completing the form which can be found on the contact page.
Image copyright Manel Ortega 2015