Monday, February 18, 2019

Photo credit: Dave Burton

Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to my creative blog where you can read about my recent creative experiments and find out more about me and what inspires my work.  I will be writing regular posts about work in progress, sketchbook ideas, educational workshops and the various artistic processes associate with my print and ceramic practise. You can also find out more about the places I visit through my off road running pursuits and the other creative people and places that excite me.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information, wish to buy my work or comment on any of my posts.

First Blog post – A new Adventure

I’m now into my third week of a new adventure, after leaving the organisation (Rural Arts) I established nearly thirty years ago I have decided to follow a new direction that allows me to express my own personal creativity and experiment with printmaking and ceramics - the two creative areas that have grabbed my attention since art school in the early 1980’s.

There has been such a lot of change in the last few months - saying goodbye to colleagues, setting up my studio and frantically trying to get accustomed to new working surroundings.  My appointment as ‘Artist in Residence’ at Harrogate College alongside making work for North Yorkshire Open Studios in early June has meant that I have moved from a challenging and fulltime role in an arts organisation to experiencing life as a full time creative practitioner - an even bigger challenge!

I am currently turning some of my botanical drawings into prints using both the etching and silkscreen facilities that I share with the art students at college where I have access to etching, relief, and silkscreen presses including a rare Victorian Brittania Platten Press and a beautiful Hunter Penrose Littlejohn Etching Press.

My work reflects my interests in natural forms and I am experimenting with techniques such as Sugar Lift to recreate painterly marks on Zinc etching plates.  I have also spent many hours in the college Engineering Department cutting out silhouette shapes using a jewellers saw prior to etching and combining the plates with layers of collaged paper.

Picture illustrated: Etching and Plate Cutting