I have drawn from an early age, and following a childhood in Cornwall and education in Oxford, I trained as a textile designer at Falmouth School of Art. I worked in the textile industry for the United Turkey Red Company, and later designed kaftans and shirts for Mr Fish of Clifford Street, as part of the ‘Peacock Revolution’ in men’s fashion design. In the 1980s I began printmaking and I studied this at Hereford College of Art, West Dean College and the Sidney Nolan Trust.
My printmaking techniques include etching, screen printing, wood engraving, lino printing and my favoured medium of collagraph. This is the technique of adding a variety of materials to a card or metal base, which is then inked and printed in either intaglio or relief. The card is often cut in order to obtain the desired effects. Assiduous cleaning of the plate before printing is essential and the most time-consuming part of the process. I draw inspiration from extensive travels in the UK and Europe and my illustrative work shows my love of pattern, texture and fluidity of line.
Subject matter is often derived from classic legends and sometimes sparked by a poem or a fairy tale, a chance remark or simply ‘out of the blue’. My work typically features natural forms; animals, birds, mythical beasts and humour where appropriate. I have been a member of the Hay Makers for over 30 years. I have exhibited widely and have work in private collections in Europe, Canada, USA and Australia. I also tutor local collagraph workshops.