Printmaker Fiona Horan working in her studioI am an artist and printmaker living on the South Coast of England in the historic and atmospheric town of Hastings.  As with many people here – I am a “Down From London” – having spent most of my adult life in the capital, although I was born in Hastings and grew up in Somerset.

It is no surprise that there are many artists in this town as it is a wonderfully quirky place with stunning architecture, greenery, eccentric inhabitants, colourful festivals, seascapes, beach-launched fishing fleet, ancient inns, and an unexpectedly large and confident population of badgers – plus surrounded on all sides by the most beautiful countryside of the Weald with the South Downs close by to the west and the rather strange landscape of Romney Marsh and Dungeness just along the coast to the east.  It is a blend of the shabby and the sublime that fires the imagination.  I recently saw a piece of graffiti in the Old Town which read “Keep Hastings Weird” which about sums the town up.  But it’s a friendly eccentricity.  I think of it as marine gothic.

In London, I worked for an animation company and then for many years in West End theatres.  I love these pleasure palaces, and know their routines intimately.  This is reflected in much of my work as a printmaker.

I have always sketched and painted in a wide variety of media, but was recently introduced to linocut when studying Graphic Design at London Metropolitan University, and will use this website to showcase my linocut prints.

Thank you for looking!