“An effect of texture and translucency being something between an old Italian fresco, an English landscape painting and a Japanese woodblock print”

What I do

Watch this short video about me and my work

My inspiration is landscape, nature and light- often in North Somerset, the Severn Estuary, Dorset and Wiltshire- the places I know and love best, but also sometimes far away places I’ve travelled to. My motivation is to express the way I feel about these places- they move me and I want to move others.

I use a mixture of techniques:
hand mono-printing, delicate, translucent drifts of colour on fine tissue paper and traditional hand-made Japanese paper.
These are one-off images, usually larger in scale.

Drypoint etchings (printed with a press at Spike Print Studio in Bristol), with mono-print and collage elements. Many of these prints are available in my online shop. They tend to be smaller in scale.

Mixed media pieces, combining monoprint collage, acrylic paint and drawing.  Some of these are for sale in my shop and others are available via galleries.

You can see videos of how I use all these techniques at my You Tube channel ‘Printing at Home With Ruth Ander’

How I got here

After completing a BA (Hons) in Illustration at the University of the West of England, I have continued to evolve and hone my unique mono-print technique.

I am a member of Spike Print Studio in Bristol, where I print drypoint etchings mainly and teach online courses all about how to print by hand at home.

Early in my career I was short listed for the Emerging Artist award at the Royal West of England Academy Open exhibition and won the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s Best Work in Colour, and have gone on to have work shown in prestigious print exhibitions at the Atkinson Gallery in Somerset and The Shire Hall in Stafford and in open competitions at well-regarded venues such as the RWA and Black Swan Arts in Frome as well as exhibiting widely in both group and solo shows.

In recent years I’ve taken part in a year long print residency at the University of the West of England’s print department and a group residency at Lizard Point in Cornwall resulting in exhibitions in London and Helston.

I am represented by Tincleton Gallery, Dorset, Watermark Gallery, Harrogate, Little Buckland Gallery, nr Broadway, Cotswolds, Cambridge Contemporary Art, and Makers on Colston Street in Bristol.  I live and work in Bristol and have a studio at Jamaica Street Studios.

Learn more about my print process: What is monoprinting?

If you’d like to see more of my current work head over to my shop.

If you’re interested in learning to mono-print, check out when my next workshop is here.

View my CV for details about selected exhibitions, art fairs, awards and projects.