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Delia Delderfield
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DELIA DELDERFIELD was born in Hertfordshire, England. She studied at Cambridge College of Art and Kingston-upon-Thames College of Art specializing in illustration and etching, graduating in 1972 with a BA Honours in Art and Design.

After freelancing as an illustrator in London she accepted an offer to become Art Director and editor for a London publishing house. In 1976 she decided to leave London to travel, but once in Greece she found the need to go any further receded. As Lawrence Durrell wrote in "Prospero's Cell": "Other countries may offer you discoveries in manners of lore or landscape; Greece offers something harder - the discovery of yourself."

Delia uses the technique of etching and aquatint to achieve her distinctive style. As she explains: "my work is mainly coloured on one copper plate when printing, so giving an impression of a very fine veil of colour similar to a watercolour but using the oil bound pigment of etching. The hand wiping of the plate is very important and also the control of the 'biting' of the aquatint, being a dusting of fine resin. This ultimately means that the whole process can only be carried out by myself and although rather exacting it means I can control the image from the first line drawn through the wax on the plate until the final drying and signing of the edition." Delia lived permanently on Corfu where she had her own studio and gallery until 1989 when she returned with her son to England. She now spends her time between England and Greece.

'Greece never fails to inspire me, the combination of light and texture is unique. I have become obsessed by the timeless quality of the old family houses in Corfu often hidden from view in wonderfully wild and neglected grounds - I wish I could record them all.'

Delia has completed a number of commissions, including one for Government House in the Falkland Islands. Her distinctive work is appreciated by and been purchased by other artists, such as the late Nicholas Hadjikyriacos-Ghikas. Delia's work can be found in private collections in Greece and worldwide.

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