Her love of the countryside and her brilliant observations have helped make Anna Tosney one of Yorkshire’s favourite young printmakers.
The Dales are her primary source of inspiration, though her distinctive, pared back style is almost certainly influenced by her Scandinavian mother and her late father, who was an architect. Her pictures, which she creates using drypoint and monoprint techniques, are exceptional in portraying expressions, gait and mood, as you can see here.
The way her dry stone wallers are working, the faces of her cows and sheep and the way her farmers are standing are achieved through close study. “When I’m not in the studio, I can often be found stalking farmers and admiring sheep and cattle,” she says. “I like going to Skipton auction mart and agricultural shows and I go walking a lot. I love to watch the sheep, farmers, birds and drystone wallers in their natural environment, so I spend many hours out in the countryside. I’m obsessed with farmers. They have a special way of standing and they are always leaning on something.” Her aim is to distil the essence of a subject into a bold, simple form that still retains the atmosphere.
“I love absorbing my surroundings, paying particular attention to colour and shape. I’m inspired by beautiful, usually rainy, skies, trees, sheep, fields and the slightly humorous scenes I come across,” she says.
Anna has a printmaking degree and a masters in ceramics and worked in Spain and Denmark teaching English before becoming a full-time artist. You can see her work this weekend, July 11 and 12, at the Crafted by Hand fair at Masham Town Hall and at Art in the Pen, August 15 and 16. The following galleries also stock Anna’s work: Craft and Design Centre, Leeds; Hawksbys, Haworth; Blue Tree Gallery, York and Lime Gallery, Settle.