I have always been a landscape artist more absorbed by the graphic qualities of images than the ‘painterly’ or impressionistic – for want of a better label I would describe my work as ‘realist’. I became fascinated by the abstract movements of the 20th century while at university, so printmaking became a natural home for me. The need to take an image through several processes helped distance my work from the immediacy of the original sketch and distil the essences of a subject. That said I don’t hope to just create an idealized confection divorced from any reference to the particularity of place or figure. So my etchings do tend more towards a type of naturalism influenced perhaps by de Chirico, Paul Nash and Palmer. My collagraphs tending in the opposite direction lean more obviously upon Cubism and are more likely to be more imaginative than topographical.
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I studied painting at Keswick Hall, Norwich and Art History at Cambridge. After several years teaching in the Midlands I stumbled upon printmaking and restarted the artist’s journey with a studio group of friends likewise inspired by the challenges of intaglio history and processes. On moving to Devon I set up my own studio in Totnes joining and exhibiting with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and other outlets in the southwest. I moved back to my native Norfolk in 2003 where I show with Norwich 20 Group, Norwich Printfair and galleries in Blakeney, Aldeburgh and Clare.
Printfest, Ulverston, Cumbria.
Eastern Open, Kings Lynn.
Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon
Salthouse and Cley North Norfolk Exhibition Project.
Bourneside Gallery, Dorking.
Vision and Reality & Inspired by Birds, Castle Museum, Norwich.
Childwickbury Arts Festival, St Albans.
Windsor, Reading and Sandown Contemporary Art Fairs.
Art in the Gardens, Sheffield
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