fine art prints & watercolours

about me


I am a fine art printmaker working in Brighton England, creating vibrant and sensuous etchings and watercolours. My images are a celebration of dynamic form, colour and playfulness. They are the end result of a creative journey, aiming to inspire the observer's own imagination.


As part of Studio B5 Brighton, I have spent the last few years developing Acrylic Resist Etching on steel plates, with impressive results!


Most of my newer work has been created with this new process. Have a look at my blog for more information and classes.


My work has appeared in a number of feature films and TV series, including BBC's 'The Night Manager' and 'Bridget Jones' Baby'.







brighton etch


In June 2016 Studio B5 became Brighton Etch, and we have now moved to New England House near Brighton Station:


Unit 3, Level 3 North,

New England House,

New England Street,

Brighton BN1 4GH

Contact: 07962 615445 or






wednesday evening classes 2018 new!


Five Wednesday evening sessions, 6.30pm - 9.30pm:

  • 10th January - 7th February 2018
  • 21st February - 21st March 2018
  • 25th April - 23rd May 2018
  • 13th June - 11th July 2018
  • 12th Sept - 10th Oct 2018
  • 7th Nov - 5th Dec 2018


Cost for 5 sessions: £155 + £15 for materials



weekend courses at brighton etch


Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm:

  • 13 & 14 January 2018
  • 3 & 4 February 2018
  • 24 &25 February 2018
  • 10 & 11 March 2018
  • 24 & 25 March 2018
  • 9th & 10th June 2018
  • 23rd & 24th June 2018
  • 7th & 8th July 2018
  • 8th & 9th September 2018
  • 22nd & 23rd September 2018
  • 6th & 7th October 2018
  • 10th & 11th November 2018
  • 24th & 25th November 2018


Cost for weekend course: £155 (including materials)


The courses teach the basic principles on steel plates using liquid hard grounds and acrylic spray grounds to create tonal areas. The plates bite in a copper sulphate and cocking salt solution.

This technique is a real alternative to traditional etching methods. It offers a wide range of creative options within a much safer working environment for the artist.


More information on how I have developed this process on my Acrylic Resist Etching page


For more information and booking contact Heike Roesel on 07962 615445 or







artist statement


Often I am asked to explain my source of inspiration and the meaning of my imagery.


An idea for an image can be inspired by a landscape, a band rehearsal going wrong, a theatre or dance performance, a social situation or a comment my children make, as much as their drawings or other pieces of art work.


When making a print or a watercolour painting, the initial idea in my mind gets deconstructed and reassembled as the image physically develops. The different stages and the materials used push the initial idea further. From the drawing to the finished work I embark on a journey where the outcome is not always foreseeable. Idea, development and the technical process are equally important and benefit each other.


Within this journey I am concentrating on composition of line, shape and tone. I am looking for the 'spark', the unexpected, and the relationships emerging between the different parts of the image. I watch the image developing. The challenge is to find out where it is taking me. Only then I can add the right ingredients and push the image to its conclusion.


Each print in an edition 'in variation' is made from the same etching plate but differs in its use of colour and is therefore unique.


My imagery is never a representation of the circumstance or object that inspired it, but an improvisation of my initial idea.


It is important to me to create these 'worlds of their own', that otherwise would not exist. It is a sur-real concept.


When an observer's imagination is inspired to find their own individual 'picture' in my prints then I have achieved something worth doing.


Imagination is what else there might be.








Please feel free to email me on with any enquiries.

"Dreamy aquatint etchings that are just perfection, so full of the detail that only an etching can have. I think I could look at Heike's work every day for a year and keep on discovering new delightful things. That makes her work more than an image, it makes them an adventure."


Mariann Johansen-Ellis, Artfinder

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