I describe myself as an experimental printmaker. For me it means that I enjoy bending rules, inventing process and exploring layers of imagery. I am somewhat irreverent and always curious, always learning and always experimenting. I strive to create richly textured surfaces, to depict their essence through the abstraction of colour, shapes and typography, overlapping forms and textures. I am constantly intrigued by the concepts surrounding repeating, re-presenting and reworking of both concepts and images. My work is continually referencing the built environment. The recent prints are based on decaying boats, piers, industrial sites and abandoned buildings. I find the ageing, rust and marks on these surfaces fascinating and inspiring.
Over many years I have devised ways of working that enable me to fully explore my ideas. This journey has culminated in two paths that are linked by common threads of layers, textures and subject matter. I create short editions of prints using a range of printmaking techniques, most recently these are a mixture of collagraph, relief and screen printing. In addition I create mixed media collages. Whilst these works have their roots in printmaking, and use traditional printmaking techniques, they are ultimately unique images, more akin to paintings than prints. A background layer is created on Fabriano paper. Japanese papers are hand painted and printed on. Then the two are brought together as collages. The work is complete when it stops asking for more.
I enjoy sharing what I know with others and teach a range of printmaking and bookbinding workshops.