Kate Clarke UKCPS Silver
I live in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire with my partner and our two children. Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed drawing and painting. I loved art lessons at school, where I gained an O level and A level in art, but also spent a lot of time at home experimenting with different techniques.
After my daughter was born I worked as a registered childminder, going on to qualify in childcare and education and then to become a nursery nurse. For the next 13 years my creative energy was channelled mainly into projects with the children, with any free time used to scrapbook family photo albums.
In 2005 I decided on a career change and since then have been experimenting with different media. I have worked on several commission projects in textiles (memory quilts made from recycled fabrics and transferred photographs) and pen and ink graphic designs (wedding invitations and several spot illustrations for history journals etc).
In April 2007 I found a tiny studio in a local mill and since then have rediscovered coloured pencils and have come to realise that of all the various media I use, they are by far the one I feel most comfortable and confident working in.
I prefer to use Prismacolour pencils on Bristol Board.