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Rena Gardiner (1929-99) dedicated her life to her art, doing so alone in a thatched cottage in the heart of Dorset. Combining the great tradition of British topographic artists with the rich era of autolithography of the 1940s and 1950s, she created her own personal visual style, which is instantly recognisable for its exuberant use of colour and texture. Her principal achievement was some 45 books, all of which she wrote, illustrated and printed herself.

Rena Gardiner (1929-1999) Find out more about her work at All Things Considered