I am a printmaker with a background in teaching Graphic Design and Art and Design History. My prints are influenced by my love of Japanese prints, the Colour Beginnings sketchbooks of J M Turner, and my interest in the theories of Ernst Gombrich, particularly in what he called the ‘beholders share,’ the contribution a viewer makes to understanding and constructing an image in their visual imaginations.
My prints are made in relief, mostly in the linocut, medium I chose linocut because it offered a way of reproducing the diffused subtle colour effects which I am interested in. However I sometimes use woodcuts and relief etchings to make different effects. I ink my blocks using a technique called rainbow rolling, where two or more colours are mixed on the roller. My prints are usually printed using three or more blocks with the colours blending.
I was a prize winner in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 2014 Biennial Printmaking exhibition with my linocut print Snow on the Common, a prize which was selected by the editor of Printmaking Today. In 2015 I had prints selected for the RBSA Biennial Portrait exhibition and four prints for the Djanogly Gallery Summer Exhibition. I have also participated in other juried exhibitions and three group exhibitions.