Lisa Takahashi is a painter and printmaker based in Taunton, Somerset. Her practice spans linocut, watercolour, oil painting and drawing. Her work is inspired by familiar scenes of the everyday; subject matter that she uses as a starting point for exploring colour, shape and mark-making. Since completing a Fine Art Degree at Middlesex University, Lisa has exhibited her prints and paintings regularly across the UK, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Society of Women Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Lisa has taught relief printmaking regularly for the past 7 years, and was responsible for devising linocut classes at Spike Print Studio in Bristol. She is also a regular writer for the Jackson’s Art Blog. In 2018 she reached the semi-final of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, and is a judge on the forthcoming series of the revived cult classic Watercolour Challenge.
Mark Doyle is a visual artist who works with a range of methods, from printmaking and sculptural techniques to digital processes. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art, Graduating in 2005 and has since taken part in a number of exhibitions and residencies. Most notably an ASCUS residency in 2015 at the University of Edinburgh, resulting in the exhibition Transmissions at Tent Gallery (Edinburgh) and LifeSpace (Dundee). In 2015 he was also shortlisted for the Royal British society of Sculptors First @108 Award. He has exhibited extensively with Edinburgh Printmakers where he also volunteered as a studio assistant in 2016 and later worked as a freelance technician. His work has received awards such as the Lily MacDougal Award and the Intaglio Printmaker Prize, presented at the VAS and SSA annual exhibitions. Recent projects include a residency at the Edinburgh Academy between 2017-2018, the outcomes of which were shown at Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival. In 2018 he was also commissioned to create work for Edinburgh Printmakers Castle Mills permanent commissions programme. In 2018 Mark moved from Edinburgh to Somerset where he currently works.
Merry has her own creative practice, with over thirty years experience in printmaking and textile design, production and manufacture she has a wealth of knowledge about ‘all things print’.