BA (Hons) (Open) (2004)
I am a Devon based printmaker and a member of the Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter, UK.
I came to printmaking a little over ten years ago where I was immediately engaged with the various processes that the discipline offers. I experiment with different forms of printmaking such as collagraph and monoprint, but my primary practice has focused on relief print, making small editions of both multi-block and reduction linocuts/woodcuts. The use of line and form are central to my work and colour is used carefully to balance composition and design producing semi abstract and figurative prints.
The inspiration for my work is widely taken from the natural environment, in particular the landscape and coastline of Devon where ideas are informed through visiting and re-evaluating the landscape to realise a design. Reference to memory is also important, where perceived notions of place can be altered and reworked resulting in an abstraction of the land. This is what interests me most, capturing an essence of place.
A more figurative approach is revealed through my depiction of birds which I encounter in their natural habitat as well as architectural and still life designs.
I have exhibited my work widely in the Southwest and further afield.
Most of my linocut prints are made on an Albion Press at the Double Elephant Print Workshop. They are printed using Lawrence linseed oil based inks on acid free paper such as Zerkall, Fabriano Artistico, Somerset Velvet or Snowdon Cartridge paper.
Most relief prints form part of an edition, usually between ten and twenty where small variations in colour, tone and ink coverage on the paper may be apparent due to the nature of the prints being hand made. Monoprints and occasional collagraph prints will either be one offs or a small variable edition. I occasionally make smaller prints or cards at my home with a small Blue Boy printing press.
Some of my designs have been published with Art Angels Publishing and Canns Down Press. Please see Press.
More recently, in addition to my printmaking practice, I have been focussing on exploring my painting skills and re-engaging with drawing and abstracting the landscape. I hope this looser approach to my practice will influence my prints and bring a new energy to my work!
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