I first studied printmaking in the early 70s but only set up my studio in 2013 after further study at Leith School of Art (Edinburgh) and Edinburgh Printmakers.
I am inspired by the countryside and living environment. Fascinated by natural forms and a sense of place – the lie of the land, the flora and fauna all influence the design and abstraction seen in my prints. Using the patterns, curves and rhythms of the land and sea I seek to capture the spirit and my feelings for places.
I grew up in Scotland, both in Edinburgh and on the west coast but have spent the last 30 years in North Yorkshire. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel extensively, including Japan, Ghana and New Zealand. The natural beauty, colour, tones and texture of these landscapes are a prime influence on my work.
I make multi-layered monoprints and collagraphs using techniques including collage, viscosity, stencils, natural pigments and materials to create textural prints. I also enjoy making Mokuhanga, Japanese woodcuts which I print on Japanese papers.
While attending a Print Council New Zealand Aotearoa (PCNZA) summer school I learnt how to make paper from the Harakeke plant (New Zealand Flax). It is very special to print on paper that you have made yourself!
I like my prints to be individual and therefore only produce very small editions, variable editions or unique prints. Using original prints, I make unique cards that can be used for any occasion.