Nathalie Caleyron Donnelly is originally from France but has lived in North Belfast for over 30 years.
She discovered printmaking through a woodcut workshop in Seacourt Print Workshop (Bangor) 5 years ago.
It was a ‘love at first sight’ experience and she has been involved in printmaking and a member in Seacourt since.
Her prints are mostly multiplate lino, often with an element of monoprinting, giving a uniqueness to each single hand pulled print within the same edition.
My prints tend to centre around my ‘happy places’. The safe havens you go to when you close your eyes and take a deep breath.
My exhibition in the Green Room in March this year was a little tour of these special places, friends, cherished memories, favourite cafés…. but coincided with the first wave of the virus and had to be taken down within 10 days, as we moved into lockdown.
Since then, my ‘happy places’ had to be found around the house and in ordinary every day moments. Coffee time, lunch with my husband and daughter, plants coming through in our tiny yard, daily activities around my beloved kitchen table…