"- we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates"
Junichiro Tanizaki 'In praise of shadows'
As a fine artist, I immerse myself in 2D arts: painting, photography and printmaking. I am fascinated by the many & various processes and the tactile qualities involved in etching and printing, from the relative simplicity of a linocut or screenprint created at the kitchen table, to more sophisticated methods requiring more specialist materials and equipment.
Often starting with photographs, I take inspiration from nature: the interplay of sunlight; the formation of shadows & silhouettes, and reflections in water: from puddles to the sea. And the sky; clouds, dramatic and threatening, or light and insubstantial, creating a unique and limitless visual theatre. Other work takes inspiration from functional, man-made objects, beauty in the mundane; padlocks, keys, tools, bikes, books and tables & chairs. I am not solely attracted by the forms and texture of the objects themselves, but in the relationship between positive & negative, by their compositional qualities.
My etching, ‘Deal Pier’, won a Lowes Dickinson prize for printmaking in 2019, and ‘Bike, Kentish Town’ recently won the WMC Witold Library Prize. ‘Deal Pier, Cloudy Day’ was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2019 and ‘Bathroom, Holt‘ was recently shortlisted for 2020. I was delighted that ‘St Valery Treeline’ was included in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019.