My single printed images are produced by hand in small, limited editions and I carry out each stage of the print making process myself. I began printmaking in 1990 producing linocuts, then woodcuts and my most recent work is within engraving. The process for production starts with a drawn image, originating from onsite observational drawings completed in my sketchbooks. A sense of place inspires different themes exploring a personal interpretation of landscape, place, people and social concerns. The design is transferred to the block, then cut by hand to produce the image before it is inked and hand printed on a Vandercook printing press to produce the final print.
I studied MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, Bristol, awarded with distinction in 2007. Previously I studied BA (Honours) Animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design, followed by an MSc in 3D Computer Graphics at Teesside University. In 2009 I was elected a member of The Society of Wood Engravers.
After working as a freelance animator, then employed in the games industry as creative artist, I became involved in teaching printmaking in 2003 for a charity working with excluded teenagers which led to visiting lecturer posts in Stroud, Cheltenham and Hereford. During this time I worked as print technician for the Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative in Stroud. I am now based in Norfolk and work as lecturer in Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts, whilst continuing to pursue my own printmaking practice, daily.
My practice as an artist is expressed within the medium of relief printing and now almost exclusively within the technique of engraving producing single images as limited edition prints and the telling of narrative in book format. Drawing is the key focus of my practice and forms the starting point of all my projects: my prints are inspired by a sense of place and a personal interpretation of landscape, place and people and my books are driven by a concern with social narrative leading me to work within the genre of "silent pictorial narrative" as defined by Lynd Ward and pioneered by Frans Masereel ... my books are long term projects taking months or even years to produce. Engraving demands a determined commitment of a focused and singular nature; like a dog chasing a rabbit, nothing else matters! On an aesthetic level, engraving allows me to express my interest in pattern, texture, landscape, shape and colour.
I exhibit regularly with the Society of Wood Engravers, throughout the UK and internationally.