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Artist Statement

I am an artist and printmaker, specializing in Intaglio printmaking; more specifically..... 


Katherine was born in Hampshire, England. Before she was two years old...

Intaglio Printmaking

I am an indiglio printmaker...

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I am an artist and print-maker, specializing in Intaglio printmaking; more specifically etched lino,collagraph and copper plate etching. My subject matter is largely landscape, mankind’s effect on the landscape and structures within the landscape. I am fascinated by both the topography and geography which lead me to pictorially describing a “birds eye” view of the landscape surface.

Whilst this element of my artistic interest will always remain, since moving to the USA I have been fascinated with architectural structures created by birds and animals as well as the rolling topography and rocks of what was once a glacial landscape. Rocks, shells, birds nests and wasp nests have been intriguing subject matter for me.

Whatever the subject focus, movement by the elements is also something that I find intriguing and is a constant throughout my work. It can be wind moving through grass or water, or rain falling from the sky or even the constantly changing light and color in Michigan.Although my prints might appear to be “abstract’ in the finished work; the foundation is always figurative drawing. Sometimes the ideas mesh to become an abstract piece and quite often the printmaking process dictates the final imagery.

Making my own paper has also become part of my artistic journey. Not only do I have the ability to custom make the size, texture and color for any particular piece, it also moulds itself perfectly to the deep intaglio of the plates I create..Although the paper I make appears somewhat thick and sturdy it has the element of fragility especially when damp. Some happy accidents have occurred due to this and led to new paths being explored. My own hand made papers are very pliable and can be pushed deep into the groves when put through the etching press. Some of the papers I have made remind me of skins or hides which is very appropriate for my imagery.I enjoy the unpredictability of printmaking very much as one never knows what you will get until you take the print out of the press.


1989 - 1990 Chelsea College of Art & Design M.A. Printmaking London SW3

1986 - 1989 Canterbury College of Art & Design Canterbury, Kent B.A. Honors in Fine Art (1st Class)

1983 - 1985 Suffolk College Dept of Art and Design Ipswich BTEC Diploma in General Art & Design


2019              First Prize in AAWA Juried show, Ann Arbor

2010              Second prize in AAWA Group Exhibition at Ann Arbor Library

2004              Ann Arbor Arts Center, USA, ‘The Print’ exhibition – Honourable mention

2003              Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts Miniature Art Exhibition – Honourable Mention

1999              The Julian Trevelyan Prize awarded at the National Print Exhibition

1990              Shared first prize by the Trustees of the British Institution Fund at the Royal Academy of Art

1990              The Julian Trevelyan Prize awarded at Chelsea College of Art


Le Talbooth, Dedham, Essex, UK.
Box Art - Derek and Jean Baitey, Suffolk, UK.
Tenterden Vineyards, Kent, UK.
J. Thomas, Somerset, UK.
A. Ormond, Berkshire, UK.
S. Jones, Dorset, UK.
Mr and Mrs C. Caley, Suffolk, UK
S. Ager MI, USA.
S. Nakouzi Phillips, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
S. Manville, Whitmore Lake, MI, USA
John Fuchs and Jeanne Kero, Whitmore Lake, MI, USA
Lisa Hesse, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Laura and Archie Cowan, Whitemore Lake, MI, USA
K. Wilson , Ann Arbor , Mi USA
J. Yarborough Bowe, Saline, MI, USA
M. Kenneway-Sundermann, Pinckney, MI, USA
M. Meagher-Huston, Ann Arbor MI USA


2020              Northville Arts House, Re-Imaging Printmaking: Kath Frajbis and Dennis Gordon. 
                       January 3rd - February1st 2020
2019              AAWA Fall Exhibition at Ann Arbor Library, MI, USA
2019              35th Council For the Arts Miniature Art Exhibition, Chambersburg, PA, USA
2019              4th Red Dot Mini Print Exhibition (touring show) UK
2019              AAWA Summer Group Show, Ypsilanti MI
2019              AAWA Group Show at Mallets Creek Library,
                      Ann Arbor, MI USA
2010              AAWA group show at Ann Arbor Library, MI, USA
2010              New Centre, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2010              Keller Williams Realty Office, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2009              Group show with AAWA at Curves, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2009              Thredz in Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2009              Group show with AAWA at Wholefoods, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2009              AAWA Spring Exhibition, Ann Arbor Library, MI, USA
2009              AAWA Summer Exhibition, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
2009              Circle of Art, Saline Picture Framing Company, Saline, MI, USA
2009              Dexter Library, MI, USA
2009              Eagle Crest Conference Centre, Ypsilanti, MI, USA
2004              Ann Arbor Arts Center, ‘The Print’ exhibition & competition, MI, USA
2003              Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts Miniature Art Exhibition, PA, USA
2003             16 Hands Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2002              Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2001              Exhibited with the River Gallery, Chelsea, MI, USA
2002              Exhibited with The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, USA
2001              22nd Annual Michigan Artist’s Competition, Battle Creek Art Center, MI, USA
2000              Newport Road “Garage Sale”, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
1999              Christmas Art Fair, Printmakers Council, London, UK
1999              The Minho, Canning House, Belgravia, London, UK

1999              Ipswich Art Society, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
1999              The Graphic Link II, Print Europe Group Show, Braintree Town Museum, Essex, UK
1999              “The sky, the sea, and the bit in between” Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon, UK
1999              Falmouth Arts Centre with Printmakers Council, Cornwall, UK

1999              Eastern Arts Open Exhibition, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK
1999              National Print Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London, UK
1998/1999    Gainsborough's House Print workshop show, Gainsborough's House Gallery, Sudbury, UK
1998              FAHREN  One-woman exhibition at the Box Gallery, Tattingstone, Suffolk, UK
1998              St. John's Smith Square Café Gallery, London, Gainsborough's House Society Group, UK
1998              Group Show, Gainsborough's House Society, Heffers Bookshop Gallery, Cambridge, UK
1997              Group Show, Gainsborough's House Society, Graham Oldham Gallery, Ipswich, UK
1994              One Women Show at Karen Douglas Interiors, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK
1994              Young Blood, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, UK
1991              One Woman Show of Prints at 'Frames by Robert', Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK
1991              Young Blood, St Lawrence's Church, Ipswich, UK
Extra-Ordinary Exhibition at The Mina Renton Gallery, Pimlico, London, UK
1990              Art '90 at The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
1990              MA mid year show at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
​1990              MA Show at Chelsea College of Art and Design,London, UK
1990              The Henry Butcher Prize Exhibition at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
1989              Degree Show '89 at Canterbury College of Art and Design, London, UK
1988              Group Show at Darwin College, University of Kent, UK
1987               "To Hell and Back" (Work from Norway) Two Printmakers at the Herbert Read Gallery,
                      Canterbury College of Art and Design, UK
1987              Group Exhibition at the Bonner Road Gallery, Whitechapel, London, UK
1985              Two Woman Exhibition at Bentwaters USAF Base Library, UK

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