I am an artist living and working in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Currently, I am concentrating on printmaking, mostly lino cut prints.
I always enjoy the physical process of carving and cutting the lino block, allowing the different cutters to produce marks and textures to build up the final design. As I use the reduction technique, cutting away each colour on the same block, my prints are in limited editions. I apply inks with handmade leather ‘dabbers’, enabling softer layers of colours to build up on the block.
I also enjoy experimenting with printing the lino blocks onto different papers, combining watercolour, gesso, and digital giclee print to create interesting surfaces. These mixed media prints are individual one off pieces.
There are so many sources of inspiration, but at the moment I would single out old railway posters and other graphic and textile designs of the 1950s. Much of my work currently is inspired by the coast of Yorkshire and Norfolk, but I have plans to develop ideas for my local Derbyshire countryside and Sheffield city itself, along with illustrations.
I am a member of the Sheffield Printmakers group, and have participated in group exhibitions with them in Sheffield.