Merlyn Chesterman began woodblock printmaking in 2000. Her work is mostly about places and the natural world, and what she sees and feels around her. Catching the spirit of place, working at a fundamentally abstract level, she works using mainly lime, elm and plywood, choosing boards for their particular grain.
Her large prints are printed on Okawara, a Japanese paper, using oil-based, water-washable ink, often grading colour on the roller and adding extender to dilute the pigment. I will usually use several blocks, one printed over the other.