A HAMPSHIRE artist has been “touched” by the response to her solo print making show.

Kate Watkins, from Eastleigh, is showcasing her work at The Arc, in Winchester, in an exhibition titled Beneath the Surface.

Ms Watkins, who completed her MA in print making at Winchester School of Art, had to leave her teaching job of 10 years after her father was diagnosed with dementia.

The display, of more than 50 pieces of abstract screenprinting and monoprint alongside transfer prints, explores the importance of finding a creative voice during hard times.

Hampshire Chronicle: Kate Watkins' workKate Watkins' work (Image: Kate Watkins)

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The exhibition is running in the City Space gallery and is free to visit until Sunday, September 24. The Hampshire artist’s work is presented alongside Georgia O'Keeffe: Memories of Drawings, an exhibition celebrating pioneering American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Ms Watkins said: It's been a real honour being asked to exhibit alongside the Georgia O'Keefe photogravure exhibition. She's such an influential artist, although at first glance the works are quite different in style the common theme is in the use of printmaking and drawing in creative practice. 

“It's been great to have the space at the arc to exhibit work from different stages of my printmaking journey alongside one another and although the scale of the space is daunting it's pushed me to create larger pieces specially for the exhibition. 

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“I've been touched by the response to the work and hope visitors find the use of colour uplifting."

Hampshire Chronicle: Kate Watkins at workKate Watkins at work (Image: Kate Watkins)

Ms Watkins first discovered printmaking while studying for a Fine Art degree at Leeds University during the 1990s but returned to it more than 20 years ago while attempting to find balance with her day job as an art and photography teacher in Hampshire.

The artist now focuses on screenprint and monoprint, with a love for colour shining through all her work.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Memories of Drawings runs until Wednesday, November 15. Admission costs £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £3 for children, all including donation with Gift Aid.

For more information about the two exhibitions and to book tickets for Memories of Drawings, go to arcwinchester.org.uk/events?category=39.

Beneath the Surface is free to visit and no booking is required.