With an apparently inexplicable fascination with printmaking from an early age, the work of Daumier and Goya in particular, Olivia came to do an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art many years later, since when printmaking has formed the mainstay of her practice as a fine artist. Using a combination of etching, drypoint and monoprint techniques, working mostly on copper, zinc and aluminium plate, Olivia employs printmaking as a narrative tool and an extension of her drawing techniques. During the years she has worked with no access to printmaking facilities Olivia worked instead with printmaking techniques in the context of painting, and was quoted by the dealer Paul Stopler as being ‘the only artist who gets paintings into the London Original Print Fair’ for this very reason.

More recently, Olivia acquired two Rochat presses which are housed in a dedicated workshop and which have facilitated much of her new work. Having won three major printmaking prizes for her work in past years, Olivia won the 2012 John Purcell Award for ‘The Refuge Box’, an etching on copper which she created on site on the mud flats of Lindisfarne.