A bit about me ……
I’m a Printmaker and Illustrator based in Shoreham-by-Sea near Brighton, Sussex with an interest in the natural environment, history and collections of all sorts. Throughout the year I run printmaking workshops and exhibit my own work. I’ve undertaken a wide range of commissions from cover designs, posters, jigsaw puzzles and greeting cards to large scale murals, banners and way-finding monoliths. I’m a member of the Adur Art Collective and Shoreham Art Gallery co-operative and my prints and cards can be bought directly from the gallery which is open every day.
Education & Qualifications:
- Foundation Studies Art & Design: St. Albans School of Art
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design (& Illustration) : Canterbury College of Art
- Printmaking Certificate with Commendation: Brighton Polytechnic
- Art Teachers Certificate/PGCE: Award from Sussex University
- M.A. Sequential Design & Illustration: University of Brighton
I grew up looking at the detailed wood engravings of Polish artist Pawel Steller sent by the artist to our family each year from Poland. In awe of his intricately cut lines to create old faces, coal mines and landscapes with amazing qualities of light and dark, as well as the emotions conveyed in his work my interest in prints began. I started printmaking at school when a visiting American Artist/Printmaker Barbara Newcomb inspired me to screen print. As an art student I then discovered lithography, relief printing and etching and was fortunate to have had some great printmaking tutors, particularly John Brunsdon at St Albans School of Art and Ann d’Arcy Hughes & Terry Gravett at Brighton Polytechnic. Printmaking, apart from Letterpress, was considered too “Fine Arty” for a Design student at Canterbury but at any opportunity I would go down to the print room to screen print and produced etchings for illustrations. When I began teaching I wanted all students to be able to experience a variety of printmaking processes and discover what is so special about printmaking. Although now known mostly for my lino cuts I have continued to experiment with my own printmaking and still enjoy working with other print mediums.
Printmaking Equipment & Materials:
My small studio at home has a large Bewick & Wilson etching press on which I can print etchings, monoprints and collagraphs. I also have a Blueboy relief press for printing lino and woodblocks but hand-burnish my small wood engravings with a trusty old spoon! I mostly use TN Lawrence’s and Hawthorn’s intaglio and relief printing inks and print on a range of printmaking papers depending on the medium, often incorporating collaged papers and chine colle within my work. For screen printing I use a range of screens and create bright, light fast prints using Golden and Daler acrylics with printing medium.