The Full Story
My name is Paula Payne. I started Arboretum Print Co almost by accident. I trained in fine art in Manchester. After a career in a design business, I retrained as a teacher of Art in secondary schools and have now been a full-time teacher for around 15 years. Arboretum Print Co began when I started printmaking in a studio I built in my garden and began to engage with my own practice. I am really excited to see where this journey takes my work
I love to experiment with processes and colour. I know some people are drawn to the simplicity and elegance of the black and white lino prints. I love this aesthetic too. But I like to use colour to create other moods and feelings. It can be calm serenity or pure joy. I love the quality of the unplanned marks and colour on my backgrounds against the flat solid colours of the print.
I don't have a grand plan for my work. I just want to enjoy exploring media, continue to develop my skills and hopefully produce some good work along the way. For me, it is about self-expression and a desire to create strong, atmospheric compositions that speak to the viewer.