Flora McLachlan

Etchings, block prints and collagraphs

Flora studied English at Oxford after completing an Art Foundation course in Brighton. She then did a Professional Development Diploma in Illustration at West Herts College in Watford. She has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, Will’s Art Warehouse, Henley Festival, Battersea Affordable Art Fair and Brighton Art Fair.

Flora’s pictures are records of things seen and imagined by twilight or moon-glow. Flowers gleam in dark woods or misty meadows and moths are drawn to them; clouds cross the sky and a fox hurries over a hill.

She tries to express a sense of the enchantment she feels in a landscape, a sense of its secret face when the light fades and the creatures come out to roam… she is inspired by poetry and the powerful and strange images found in fairy tales and myths.

Flora uses observational drawings from nature to create imaginary scenes with an atmosphere of enchantment: a glimpse through trees of the white hart. Etching gives deep mysterious blacks which she combines with the painterly marks of collagraphs.

Flora enjoys the physical nature of etching, the working of metal to express tree bark or rain clouds over flints on the chalk downs. Her monoprints inform her etchings as they explore colour and composition and refine texture and imagery until the landscape tells a story.