I now live surrounded by the urban landscape, but spent my formative years in a small village in Bedfordshire, where I learned to recognise and name the shapes of winter trees, which are stll imprinted on my memory. Fields of wheat, vast areas of open common ground, and of course the woods were my playground. I was very fortunate to be immersed in rural beauty.
Having lived in London now for many more years, I still gravitate towards the open areas, where I can see huge skies. Nearby Blackheath, fulfils that need and Greenwich Park provides the most amazing trees. There are excellent viewing points locally where the setting sun gives spectacular light shows, which inform many of my prints. The river too, especially at dusk provides that inspirational magic.
I work from my own studio using
my Bewick press. I often start by working ‘en plein air’ in the fields, the hills or on the marshes working first in pastel, simply sketching and observing. These early sketches
are an emotional response to
the subject and feed both my
printmaking and my imagination.
I use various printing techniques
including etching, drypoint, carborundum, and monoprint and
I like to keep the print editions very small. I also occasionally use Intaglio Gravure plates (also known as solar plate or photo gravure) which are such a joy to print.