Tina Firkins artist at work

Artist, Designer & Printmaker

‘I am an artist, designer and printmaker, living and working in the pretty village of Morcott in Rutland.  Much of the inspiration for my work is drawn from the surrounding countryside, with its gently undulating landscape and from the architecture of the mellow stone towns nearby.’

Morning Sun In Fineshade Woods Linoprint

About Me

Growing up near Brighton in Sussex, I discovered a love for drawing and clay sculpture and would spend my free time either at pottery classes or sketching costumes at the V&A museum. After an art foundation course, I studied theatre design at Northbrook College in Worthing, Sussex, graduating in 1993.

For the following 10 years, I was a professional scenic artist, prop maker and designer, working on productions for the Royal Opera House, English National Theatre and West End musicals.

Moving to the East Midlands, I then worked at the Derby Playhouse, Theatre Royal, Norwich and the Royal Theatre Northampton before changing course to raise my four children and turning my hand to magazine illustration, mural painting and part-time art teaching.

My current work is mainly focused on painting and printmaking, the themes for which are inspired by time spent with my family: foraging in Autumn hedgerows, Winter walks on the Lincolnshire coast, rambling along woodland paths, lined with bluebells and sunny Summer picnics.

I tend to keep a sketchbook handy as I am constantly inspired by the view from my kitchen window. I have always had a keen interest in nature and am fascinated by the plants in the garden, the birds that visit and the effect of the changing light on surrounding trees and rooftops.

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