Artist and her work enjoy homecoming in Kamloops

Martha Jane Ritchie works with various media, including pencil, pastel, charcoal, paint, textiles and linocut printing.

The work of an artist who grew up in Kamloops is making its homecoming.

Forty years ago, Martha Jane Ritchie was taking her first printmaking class at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University), later majoring in printmaking at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Ritchie grew up in Kamloops, but for the past 27 years has lived and worked in Haines Junction, Yukon, and that northern setting has been a major component of her work.

"My studio is situated right next to the spectacular St. Elias Mountain Range and Kluane National Park, and I draw from my experiences living in the Northern Boreal Forest for my inspiration," she said.

Ritchie works with various media, including pencil, pastel, charcoal, paint, textiles and linocut printing.

Her work has been featured in solo and group shows in the Yukon, B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Alaska.

Ritchie's linocut works, in a series called A Walk in the Boreal Forest, are currently being shown at the Smorgasbord Deli downtown at Victoria Street and Seventh Avenue.

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