Art and Printmaking

My artwork focuses on texture and its relationship and resonance with the subject. The inspiration for images of the tactile and detailed aspects of plants and animals stems from my professional interest in biological sciences and a passion for biodiversity.

I use printmaking techniques such as collagraph, monoprint, drypoint, linocut, chine colee, printing on musical score and altering book pages. I utilize everyday and artist’s materials, and found objects.

 Flora and fauna offer a plethora of shapes and textures that intrigue me and challenge my desire to depict them.


Whilst working in Uganda for a few months earlier this year, I created paint and pastel works of the people there as well as sketching and photographing plants and animals to inform my printmaking on my return to my studio at home.

I enjoy observing, collecting, sketching and making prints of the wildlife in the fields and meadows of the rural Cambridgeshire countryside, where I live and work, as well as in my travels further afield. Sometimes I use the plants, and even creatures, in my printmaking plates.

Influences in my artwork also come from my childhood on the Kent Coast; and subsequently living and working in possibly the most visually exciting cities in the UK: Oxford, London and Cambridge.

Biological Science

I studied for a Ph. D. in the Department of Zoology, Oxford, have worked as a post doctoral scientist for the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council and now tutor biology part-time.

I currently offer private tuition for A level biology and human biology as well as GCSE science.   

Research Experience and Interest:  I have a Ph.D in molecular biology from the University of Oxford (D.Phil, Oxon)  where I was funded by the Cancer Research Campaign in the Department of Zoology.  I have held research posts at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge.

Previous Tuition Experience:  I have tutored A level and GCSE  for  Greene’s College, Oxford’s oldest tutorial college; MSC. Molecular Genetics at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School;  and undergraduates, including those at  at Oxford University and a leading home tuition provider in Cambridge.

Publications: nee Sherry L. Roach

Carey AH, Roach S, Williamson R, Dumanski JP, Nordenskjold M, Collins VP, Rouleau G, Blin N, Jalbert P, Scambler PJ. Localization of 27 DNA markers to the region of human chromosome 22q11-pter deleted in patients with the DiGeorge syndrome and duplicated in the der22 syndrome. Genomics. 1990 Jul;7(3):299–306.

Scambler PJ, Carey AH, Wyse RK, Roach S, Dumanski JP, Nordenskjold M, Williamson R. Microdeletions within 22q11 associated with sporadic and familial DiGeorge syndrome. Genomics. 1991;10:201–6.

Roach S, Schmid W, Pera MF. Hepatocytic transcription factor expression in human embryonal carcinoma and yolk sac carcinoma cell lines: expression of HNF-3 alpha in models of early endodermal cell differentiation. Exp Cell Res. 1994 Nov;215(1):189-98

Roach S, Cooper S, Bennett W, Pera MF.  Cultured cell lines from human teratomas: windows into tumour growth and differentiation and early human development. Eur Urol. 1993;23(1):82-7; discussion 87-8. Review

Pera MF, Roach S, Elliss CJ.  Comparative biology of mouse and human embryonal carcinoma.  Cancer Surv. 1990;9(2):243-62. Review.

Sherry L. Roach The Molecular Analysis of the Differentiation of Human Testicular Teratocarcinoma, University of Oxford, 1994