Jill Ray

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I have been a practising Artist and Designer for over 25 years. I trained first in Fine Art then followed a career as a Landscape Architect until 2012 when I launched Jill Ray Landscapes combining my design and fine art skills. I developed my print technique whilst practising as a Landscape Architect, providing clear, accessible images for public consultation. I discovered what a great drawing tool my PC was. I really love the way layers of translucent blocks of colour can build up an image. My passion for making images this way combined with a rekindling of my previous love of painting in oils on canvas and I really enjoy exploring both old and new technology in the development of my work. I often use an iPad as a portable sketchbook. My main concerns are colour, light and the rhythms of landscape, particularly the way shapes and patterns echo and repeat in the landscape as can be seen in both the striking and bold style of my prints which often resemble the effects of overlaid layers of tissue paper. The hills of the Dark Peak and more recently, the woodlands in Sheffield and Chatsworth provide most of my subject matter.