Louisa Ellis did an art foundation course at Kingsway Princeton College in London and first became interested in printmaking while studying for a BEd at the University of the Southbank, London where art was her major. For a while in the early 1990s she exhibited her work in Cornwall but quickly realised that she had to take a teaching job to support her young family.
After more than 20 years as a primary teacher, Louisa is now finally free to follow her dream of becoming a full time printmaker. Her work is based on scenes around Porthleven, where she now lives, but also features birds – particularly the ubiquitous seagulls. Her method involves cutting a keyblock which is printed in black over slabs of colour. She also adds touches of watercolour by hand.