Printmaking: cardboard cuts, monoprints and linocuts
Royal Academy Shortlised 2019/2020 and selected 2018 when my 'Dark in the Park' print of Chiswick Park tube station was selected for the exhibition and sold out.
Having to show my work totally online is not a natural place for me. I much prefer my work to be seen and talked about ‘in person’ as it never looks as good on a screen. If you would like to see my prints at my studio, do get in touch and I am sure I can accommodate you in a safe and socially distant visit. Alternatively, I will bring a picture over to try in your home and can also ship artwork (or deliver within the M25). I make all my own frames to Conservation standards, so you can choose a perfect match to suit your print and décor without having to go anywhere else!
After graduating from Maidstone College of Art in 1986, I became a freelance illustrator for over twenty-five years. An underlying fascination with printmaking drew me to enrol in a course at The Curwen Print Study Centre in 2010 from which I never looked back. I have been producing hand burnished prints from my studio in Chiswick ever since.
I am inspired by the beautiful buildings and various stations that surround me. These buildings are so well known and used everyday that I wanted to stop, look at them properly and appreciate their beauty on paper. My prints start by visiting, drawing and photographing my chosen subject at different times of the day and night. Developing this back in the studio, I work out what I want to ‘say’ about the building. After cutting my drawing out from lino or cardboard, I work onto the ‘block’ by rolling, painting, wiping, scratching or masking it, before printing many different layers. All my prints are produced without a press by hand burnishing the back of the print with a wooden or metal spoon and a Japanese baren. This means each edition has unique variations, often intentional, by changing the hand pressure or colour.