June Hicks was born in Yorkshire and has lived in Cornwall since 1957. She studied art at Penzance School of Art with Bouverie Hoyton and John Tunnard and later learned to etch with Joan Whiteford.

    In 1987 she opened her own etching workshop and small gallery at Trevescan, near Sennen. Her work is now in private collections and galleries in Cornwall and beyond. She exhibits regularly with St Ives Society of Artists in the Mariners and Crypt Galleries and is a founder member of Penwith Printmakers, which has its last ever group shows this year.

    "From day one I was fascinated by the process of etching," June writes. "When a drawing is transferred to a metal plate and becomes a print something hard to define happens. it is this elusive mutation which means that the excitement of lifting the blankets and pulling the damp paper off the inked plate never stops. Subjects are all around: whatever has light and shade, form and texture invites translation via paint or ink."

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