A Work of Art: Lynne Fornieles, ‘Dozing with the Dogs’

Artist Lynne Fornieles shares with ART BLOG the inspiration and thinking behind her wood engraving…

Having been a watercolourist for most of my life I am now focusing on various methods of printmaking looking for ways to bring a new approach to often highly traditional mediums.

This wood engraving, Dozing with the Dogs is of my daughter lying asleep with Arthur and whippet and Rudy the French Bulldog. They are nestled into a big old sheepskin on the carpet. I am experimenting with introducing colour into the mark making.


In my work I am exploring the connections between the aural traditions of allegory and storytelling with visual narrative. I enjoy storytelling and invite the viewer to participate.

My images often imply and suggest without being prescriptive. My inspiration is taken from the people I meet, the stories they tell and sometimes don’t tell, their dreams and how we interact to form relationships with each other, our animals and with the natural world.

I am interested in, and concerned with the point at which the figurative meets the abstract, where world-making meets reality. I am slowly building a cast of characters with which to interact, sometimes whimsically.

I have lived with my family on the South Downs Way just outside of South Harting in West Sussex for the last thirty years. I feel very lucky to have spent such a stretch of time in a truly beautiful and inspirational place, woken by birdsong and surrounded by woodland and paths through open fields and hillsides. My previous career as an architect now informs and helps focus my approach to printmaking, drawing and painting.


2017 The Society of Women Artists 156th Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2017 Royal Birmingham Society of Art Portrait Prize Exhibition 2017 Royal West of England Academy Annual Open Exhibition 2017 National Open Art Exhibition The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

2018 Society of British Artists Mall Galleries, London 2018 Royal Birmingham Society of Art 2018 Prize Exhibition

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