Born in 1974, Kyla Cresswell grew up in the south of New Zealand and studied printmaking at the Otago School of Art. Years spent overseas working and travelling saw her influenced by the aesthetic of Japan and inspired by the minimal wintery landscape of Europe and Canada. Cresswell’s delicate work often explores the physical impact of the elements on the environment as well as the consequences of human occupation of the land. Working mainly in mezzotint and drypoint, she strives to find a sense of stillness and show a quiet celebration of nature. The artist resides in Wellington, where in 2006 she opened Solander: works on paper Gallery to support contemporary New Zealand printmaking. She divides her time between family and working in her studio. The artist has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada. Her work is held in private and public collections in many countries.