Bella Etching Detail

I have been a printmaker using the intaglio process of etching for at least fifteen years.

Etching is quite labour-intensive but I think that suits my slow way of working and gives me time to think about and explore whatever visual image I have decided to translate into a print. I am attracted by line and texture and contrast - no matter what the subject, at least one of those elements would have caught my eye

Mainly I use steel plates for my etchings and occasionally copper. The surface of the plate can be worked and put in the etching tray numerous times - this may take months before I feel the image is ready to edition. I do not complete pulling an entire edition in one session, just one or two at a time when needed. This results in what is known as a "variable" edition and in my work this can mean either tiny differences in the colour mixes of ink or even a much different inking of the plate. I think this highlights the fact that every time the plate is inked by hand, damp paper laid over the top and then pulled through the press, each piece produced is an original

Some general information about printmaking is on the FAQ page.

At the end of 2021 I was elected a Member of the Bath Society of Artists


  • The Royal Society of British Artists Open Exhibition 2022, Mall Galleries, London
    Awarded the Stuart Southall Print Prize

  • Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
    Also selected in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2005
    Awarded the BSA Print Prize in 2020

  • R.W.A. Bristol,168th Annual Open Exhibition, 2020, Bristol
    Postponed and finally shown May, 2021

  • The South West Academy Annual Open Exhibition, 2021, Sidmouth

  • Bruton Art Society's Annual Exhibition, Bruton
    Selected in 2021, 2020 (on-line), 2019
    Received the Joy Barnes Award in 2019

  • St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Annual Open Exhibition, Lymington
    Selected in 2022, 2020, and every year from 2005 - 2016
    The Mary Symons Memorial Award(for Printmaking) twice;
    The Clarke Willmott Award for Overall Merit; and,
    The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award

  • Artcare Annual Open Exhibition, Salisbury Hospital
    Selected in 2022, 2020 and 2015
    Runner-up in 2020 and Overall Winner in 2015

  • Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome
    Selected in 2019 and 2017

  • Dorchester Arts Open Exhibition 2017, Dorchester

  • Sherborne Art Club's Annual Open Exhibition 2017, Dorset

  • New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2016, Mall Galleries, London

  • The New Forest Open Art Exhibition 2016, Lyndhurst

  • The National Trust's Mottisfont Annual Open Exhibition, Mottisfont
    Selected in 2013 and 2014


  • "Impressions", Group Exhibition with Eric Bailey, Jane Barnard, The Slade Centre, Gillingham Dorset, April-May, 2022

  • "Together", Group Exhibition with Caroline Hughes and Eric Bailey, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, May, 2021

  • Group Exhibition with Andrea Jenkins and John Goodliffe, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, April, 2019

  • "Art Naturally", Shaftesbury Arts Centre, November, 2018

  • Dorset Art Weeks, Shaftesbury Arts Centre May/June, 2018

  • Artcare Exhibition, Salisbury Hospital, October, 2016

  • Hallgate Galleries, Hexham, Northumberland, Autumn Exhibition 2016

  • Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire, Winter Collection 2016

  • Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Old School Gallery, St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery April 2013
    Invited to show at the inaugural group exhibition

The Poetry Competition prize-winner chose my etching, "Still Life with Tulips" as the inspiration for their poem.