Hester has a BA(Hons) in Illustration and lives in Masham, North Yorkshire. Working as a printmaker, she designs and makes relief, collagraph and photopolymer (solar) plates which are then printed in layers to form one richly coloured and textured print.
Her inspiration is often derived from the natural landscape, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it and the stories, myths and symbolism associated with them. She uses multiple plates and techniques to echo the layers of meaning and metaphor in the images. After returning from extended travel, work and study in Asia & Central and South America, her interest in journeying, migration and orientation has made itself evident in many of her recent prints with her development of solar plate techniques allowing the use of text, maps and charts. Often with a strong sense of narrative, her images act as a frontispiece from which the viewer can create their own stories. Hester’s passion for printmaking has led her to run workshops for children and adults both privately and for North Yorkshire County Council, Rural Arts North Yorkshire and the Woodland Trust. She regularly exhibits and sells her work across the UK.