SPRING IN PRINT
by Claire Spencer
Spring has felt like a long time coming this year. Whether you follow the meteorological or astronomical calendars, spring is now officially here, with the vernal equinox passing on the 20th of March.
I am lucky enough to live in the Brecon Beacons. At two hundred metres above sea level there is a further delay to the start of the seasons, but even here there are small signs of new life. Pockets of primroses in the hedge bank and the frogs arriving to spawn.
Living in the National Park you cannot help but be influenced by your immediate surroundings. The seasonal changes in the flora and fauna all feature heavily in my printmaking work.
After the long grey of winter, the emerging new growth and the colour it brings are a welcome relief. Spring for me is yellow flowers, primroses, carpets of celandine, cowslips, daffodils, colts foot, acid green leaves, the warmth of the sun and longer days. I am looking forward to all that spring brings over the coming weeks.