On the left is a detail of a piece created in Silverpoint, and pencil on watercolour paper. This piece marksthe start of a series of work exploring perceptions (those of Society and myself) to diversity including sexuality and disability. As a full-time wheelchair-user, a Lesbian, and a Pagan I have encountered many stereotypical reactions from others and these experiences form some of the inspiration for this series of work.


                           'From a spectrim of tones,

                            in hues of diversity,

                            the artist models city life.'

                           From 'Reflections'

                            (c) Heather Carol


Metalpoint is the art of drawing with a metal wire in a holder on a prepared surface. The sufaces can be panels or paper, but need a prepared surface or the metalpoint will not mark the surface. Traditionally the surface used was a gesso preparation of chalk and rabbit skin glue, but modern acrylic preparations are now available. The simplest way to prepare a surface for metalpoint is to place a wash of zinc or titanium white watercolour or gouache across the surface.

Any metal can be used, but the most popular since the Renaissance has been Silver - leading to the term 'Silverpoint' being adopted for this art form. The marks made by metalpoints is roughly equivalent to the H tonal range in pencils. Intense blacks are not possible so I often mix the metalpoint with pen and ink, or pencil to create these. 



                                              Pen and Ink and Acrylic on Claybord.

                                              30cm x 40cm

                                        This painting is both a general statement about the challenges facing disabled people, and a very personal one. I have portrayed my hand painting other elements of the work in order to show that some difficulties can be overcome. (more about this in the section - About the Artist).

                                        The paintaing has layers of symbolism including the Heron, which symbolises Determination, and Silver Birch which symbolises New Beginnings.

                                        This work was created on Claybord which is hardboard covered with layers of pressed clay. This is an archival surface and allows textures to be created by engraving into the clay surface.

                                         The coloured images have been created using transparent Acrylic glazes so that each layer enhances and shows through the previous layer. The pen and ink stippling work within the piece (such as in the detail of the face) shows through the glazes.