I am an artist living and working in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Lately I have been concentrating on printmaking, mostly lino cut prints. I try other techniques, but always come back to lino.
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. I apply inks in thin layers, often with a leather dabber, producing subtle gradations of colour within each layer of printing. I also enjoy experimenting with using multiple lino plates to build up a composite design, sometimes including monoprint.
I am inspired by the Yorkshire coast and Sheffield itself, with its industrial heritage, parks and surrounding landscape. I also love to illustrate stories poems and fables.
There are so many influences, but at the moment I would single out old railway posters and other graphic and textile designs of the 1950s. Also many artists printmakers and illustrators including Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Angela Harding, Melvyn Evans, and John Piper to name but a few. I am a member of the Sheffield Printmaker’s group.