Clare Melinsky

Clare Melinsky

Visual artist based at Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it.
I make lino cut prints that are commissioned as illustrations for books and magazines or packaging. Every job is different and introduces new ideas and challenges. Commercial deadlines are always tight, so this focuses the mind very effectively.

What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
Life here is very quiet and relaxed, the roads are empty, the beaches deserted. The countryside provides the context for my everyday life. Over the centuries the farming community has shaped our landscape. Although I have only lived here for thirty years I hope that my work reflects that tradition.

Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
I don’t get out much.

What projects are you involved in right now?
Designing an identity for a new ‘ Forest School ‘ in the south of England.

Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2015?
I hope for another sunny summer as we had in 2014.

Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
I have worked as an illustrator since leaving art school in 1975. Recently I started teaching lino cut printmaking to small groups of adults. I find this really enjoyable and creative; so do the participants.

If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
I always turn up on time. Well, mostly.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I have a new professional Facebook page: give me a like and keep up to date with my work.