June works in both oils and watercolours and enjoys producing paintings inspired by windows, shadows and reflections. For several years June has also been a keen printmaker. She started making etchings on her foundation course at Manchester College of Art back in the late sixties and more recently she has used the etching facilities at Newcastle University and Horsley Printmakers. In 2012 she began using the press at The Forge Studios, Allendale, where she has recently produced several new etchings. June writes ‘I am interested in effects which commonly occur, often for only a moment in time – patches of light, superimposed views, scenes partly glimpsed through openings, shafts of light and multiple images, so that fleeting visual experiences can be captured on paper or canvas. Light changes what we see and in my work I try to draw attention to complex effects which in the daily rush we tend to ignore’.
June Drage Biographical details
June graduated in Fine Art at Newcastle University in the early
1970s, since when she has worked as an artist and designer exhibiting her work both in the UK and abroad. For a few years June taught art at Bedlington High School and at evening classes. In the early eighties she left teaching to run her own graphic design business working for organisations such as Traidcraft, The Woodland Trust, Action Aid, New Consumer, The Civic Trust and Christian Aid. In 1994 she completed a two year garden design course with the Open College of the Arts and was awarded the top grade in both years. She then carried out garden design projects in addition to her graphics and fine art work. In 2009 June retired from garden design in order to spend more time on her fine art practice and her own garden. She continues to paint in her studio at home in Craster, Northumberland. June is a former Chair of Network Artists in Northumberland, organisers of the annual Art Tour, and has opened her studio to Art Tour visitors for over ten years.