I am essentially a printmaker. I have been making prints for over 35 years and I printed almost 1000 wood blocks for Newcastle Central Library, an archive of Thomas Bewick’s (1753-1828) wood engravings.
My portfolio here shows the changes in my prints over the years. I am not alien to change and I embrace it, taking measured risks with my work is important to me now.
Some of my prints are based on geological forms, and also on the extraction industries, especially gold mining. Subject matter has varied over the years, from gargoyles, to people, to transport, interiors, landscape and city scape. My inspiration right now comes from the land, and my work is a combination of memory, experience and research, into land use and also land abuse.
I make my own sketchbooks, and they have a 3D element to them. Making these books helps me concentrate my thoughts. I like to think, and explore, and research into areas I am not familiar with. Science, the environment, and ancient history are all subjects that I go to, for inspiration.
The works here at VAS say 'woodcut', though my own personal use of various types of printmaking, monoprint/woodcut and wood engraving are what you see here.