I am a self-taught printmaker who still has much to learn.
In 2007 I bought a small relief press and some fonts of Eric Gill’s ‘Perpetua’ type and started designing and producing small editions of hand-printed greetings cards. A second relief press and a small etching press followed in 2011 and these, particularly the etching press, have widened the scope of what I can create. I still print cards but I now make very small editions of pictures as well.
In my current work I am experimenting with drypoint, sometimes over a sandpaper ground created by pressing abrasive paper into the metal plate. With some images I add small amounts of hand-colouring to the final print.
At the moment I am exploring the idea of sameness, but also difference, in Nature and Life about us. For example, a group of oystercatchers on a shoreline can all look very much the same, they may even have taken up the same posture, but none-the-less there will be some small differences to find between each bird.
I am fortunate that my home in Clevedon has a small cellar where I have been able to set up my printmaking workshop/studio.
Outside the door is a damson tree, and hence the Damson Tree Press imprint used on my cards.