The inspiration for my work comes from the natural world around me. I am very much an amateur naturalist as well as an artist. In fact for me the two go hand in hand. It is my passion for wildlife that makes me want to capture it on paper while the artist in me wants to explore the relationships between plants and animals in paint and print.
The backbone of my work is observation and field sketching – building up a mental as well as physical picture of my subject. Back in the studio, I employ sketches, memory and experience to create a composition study drawing suitable for a linocut print.
My earliest prints were often simply hand coloured with watercolour. Now I cut several blocks to print different colours and employ the reduction technique – re-cutting the same block for subsequent colours. I have a small table top screw press for printing, or hand burnish using a flat glass paperweight.
I try to retain the liveliness and spontaneity of my field sketches in the final linocut whilst creating a strong graphic image.