Hester has a BA (hons) in Illustration works from her studio in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As a keen fellrunner with a lifelong interest in natural history, she aims to draw attention to chance encounters with wildlife, seasonal changes in the landscape and our relationship with nature. She specialises in collagraph printmaking and uses multiple plates, painted textures and intricate cutting in her work.
A member of Leeds Fine Artists, Printmakers Circle, Craven Arts and Ålgården Studios in Sweden, Hester exhibits widely, undertakes residencies and teaches printmaking workshops.
In 2011, an Extending Practice Award from Chrysalis Arts allowed her to work with the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate and the British and Yorkshire Museums. She was one of ten artists selected to take part in Mirror Images, an international printmaking project and has been shortlisted tfor the New Lights Prize Exhibition twice. In 2017 her print installation, ‘Within These Walls’, was shown in a field barn during Grassington Festival. Prints from this project, including a 4-metre intaglio collagraph, have been purchased for public display in Västra Gotäland, Sweden.
Most recently Hester has been working on a funded project with the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes celebrating the life and work of their founder Marie Hartley MBE: an artist, writer and cultural historian. She has reprinted their extensive collection of Marie’s wood engraving blocks for their archives and carried out a year of research. This has culminated in a new body of work inspired by the books of Marie Hartley and Ella Pontefract and the ecology and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.