I am a Scottish printmaker living and working in Gloucestershire and Gascony having studied illustration and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.
A career in design properly began at the BBC in London via a stint illustrating magazines in my native Scotland and designing textiles and ceramics in Portugal.
Coming full circle I have returned to my first love, printmaking and particularly linocuts, using the reduction linocut technique to produce handmade limited edition prints. These linocuts are created using a single block.
Through each stage of cutting, inking and printing the image is revealed as the actual block is destroyed. A reduction print can therefore never be reprinted. Sometimes referred to as the suicide technique as there is no possibility of going back to modify layers. Each edition is very small usually between 8 and 16.
My prints concentrate mostly on still life with a graphic sensibility and a colour palette that reflects a love of 20th century artists and craftsmen, 50s textile design and Scandinavian ceramics. Ordinary things, flea market finds, souvenirs, red cherries, jugs, teacups, pots, pans, fresh flowers inspire to evoke a feeling, a memory or a sense of place.