Printmakers Emma Buckmaster and Janet French both live in East Anglia and share a deep love of the countryside, particularly trees. They have been working on a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees’ own leaves, adding further trees to the collection each year. It is a continuous process of experimentation and learning. Each new tree requires at least a year of tests and trials to make the leaf paper and the etching plate. Some tree types such as Holly – ‘Ilex Aquifolium’, which took four years to develop, are particularly challenging.
Emma and Janet are Fellows of the Society of Botanical Artists and members of the Printmakers Council. They have been shown three times at the RA Summer Exhibition and their work is now held in public and private collections worldwide.