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Louise Dunckley on her series of prints celebrating Surrey Hill’s 60th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:51 22 May 2018

Louise Dunckley at her home in Ockley (Andy Newbold Photography)

Louise Dunckley at her home in Ockley (Andy Newbold Photography)

Andy Newbold Photography

Based in Ockley, Louise Dunckley finds artistic inspiration in her local surroundings. Her illustrations of Surrey’s villages, towns and landmarks capture beautifully the qualities of this fine county. Tinx Newton chatted with her about her work and being chosen to produce prints to commemorate the Surrey Hills AONB’s 60th anniversary

Frensham Ponds by Louise DunckleyFrensham Ponds by Louise Dunckley

Louise Dunkley is a Surrey girl through and through. Having been educated at the former Stanway School in Dorking, and then at St Catherine’s in Bramley, she studied art at Wimbledon and Farnham’s Surrey Institute of Art, now UCA. At Farnham, she mastered the skills of animation and spent many years successfully employed in the commercial world using her artistic and digital skills.

Nowadays she lives in Ockley, juggling life around running her design agency, Incandes-cent, and enjoying family life. She says: “With the design business, two young children, and a busy home life, I have found little time to pursue my real artistic love, which is illustration. But a little while ago I began to revisit the old railway posters from the 1930s, and I felt it was a style I’d love to try and recreate.”

Happily, Louise did find time to experiment with various techniques and her striking posters have been snapped up by venues and organisations across Surrey and beyond, including the Dorking Halls, where her series titled The Surrey Hills brings great colour to the walls. She explains where she finds her inspiration: “Having been lucky enough to grow up in Surrey, enjoying all manner of activities such as riding, walking and cycling around the hills, I have always felt that many people miss how rural and green it all is.

“Some of the views from the hills on a clear day are amazing. It is these views and landmarks that are the inspiration for my illustrations and the reason for me returning to art for pleasure, not just for work.”

Her efforts have been rewarded by a commission from the Surrey Hills AONB Board, which invited her to come up with designs to celebrate the AONB’s 60th anniversary this year. The brief was to create illustrations representing a cross section of Surrey. Louise has embraced the task of exploring different areas, and observing the favourite standpoints of visitors to popular landmarks. The series has also formed part of a marketing campaign in railway stations in and around London to encourage people to visit the Surrey Hills by train.

She continues: “I was completely taken by surprise when [the board] contacted me to create six limited edition prints to help celebrate their anniversary. It has been a lot of fun, as both the kids and the dog explored each location with me, and I am really pleased with the six final illustrations.”

Louise’s bold and graphic illustrations are designed with a digital drawing board, a process that sounds simple but is, in fact, very labour-intensive and requires great skill. They are produced as Giclée prints, a fine art digital printing process, which combines pigment-based inks with high-quality archival paper to achieve soft, yet rich colours.

The sale of each limited edition print raises £5 towards the Surrey Hills Trust Fund – helping to safeguard the future of the Surrey Hills.

To see more of Louise’s work, visit: illustrationsandprints.com/limited-edition

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