Bev Doig’s linoleum carvings are as fascinating as the final product they create when she layers her colours and inks. Her lino prints and intricate sketching are on display for this year’s Southern Art and Craft Trail at the Lower Kalgan Hall. Doig’s creativity is something she has indulged in from a young age, later studying art at a tertiary level and further exploring throughout her life. “It sounds very cliche but I’ve always been creating something,” she said. “And the drawing I really got into in a big way when my children were very little because it was something easy to have at the end of the kitchen table, and I didn’t have to pack anything away. “I could always be doodling and drawing and making stuff, and I’d always be sewing and crocheting and stuff in the background as well.” Doig learnt from master printmaker Leon Pericles in his early career days, saying the experience was incredibly fun and allowed her to explore her love of problem-solving and art simultaneously. “Printmaking I studied under Leon Pericles, who’s one of our master Australian printmakers, back in his early career days which was a lot of fun,” she said. “It really just grabbed me, so throughout the years up to now, I feel like I’m forging a slight career that I’ve wanted to do since I was probably six years old. “The printmaking is something that I just love because it’s so physical and full of problem-solving, I love maths and it has a lot of maths in it. “It’s the process as much as creating what I’ve designed.” Originally from Augusta-Margaret River, Doig moved to Albany about six years ago but had been visiting the area on and off for 15 years. She draws her inspiration from the wild environment and landscape around her, constructing narratives that she later puts to paper or carves into linoleum. “I don’t look at a landscape and go ‘I’m going to do that landscape or environment,’” she said. “What I’m seeing and hearing and immersed in physically is really what gives me inspiration to create, but a lot of what I create is my own that comes from my active imagination. “I’ll imagine a story around something and that’s where my inspiration comes from, in extrinsic form. “I’ve always had to live near water, right from the very start thanks to my parents. “That’s another reason why we’re here in Albany because there are so many different scenes of ocean to draw from. “I’ll be walking on the beach with wild ideas happening in my head, and I’ll go back to the studio and start designing.” Doig learnt the art of printmaking in the mid-1970s but was side-tracked from continuing the art by life with work and child-rearing taking up most of her time. But she always made space for art in her life, encouraging her children to indulge their creativity by always having a spot at the end of the kitchen dedicated to communal illustrations. “It’s always been this in the background when I’ve had time,” she said. “It would have been the mid-70s that I learned printmaking, but then of course, life is having children, and moving here in their teaching career. “It’s usually been the printmaking, you don’t need a lot of equipment. “I have some great equipment now, but you don’t need a lot of equipment, and I would always have some carving tools. “I would do some simple sort of work and just be drawing all the time.” Doig, who is also vice-chair for ArtSouthWA, will be participating in the Southern Art and Craft Trail for her fifth year, though one of those years was an exhibition instead of the usual art trail due to COVID. “I opened my studio for the first time in the last two years, but I knew this year, I was going to have personal disruptions,” she said. “I opted early in the year to join the crew down at the lower Kalgan Hall. “I’ve exhibited with them before, so it feels a bit like going back to family. “I’m there for the two weeks, and I’m not opening my studio this year though I plan to again from next year.” When not busily carving or sketching away in her home studio, Doig runs printmaking workshops at Albany Summer School and holds her own classes during the year.