I am now working as a full-time artist following a long career in art education, teaching printmaking across different disciplines. Currently I am undertaking a residency in the print studio at Sheffield Hallam University, exploring collagraph and relief processes to extend and develop sketchbook studies.
My drawings and prints have emerged from things observed and selected, the seakale at Dungeness and pools of filtered light. The focus is on shape, space, colour and surface, investigating different ways of responding intuitively to observed information.
I have played with the mark, the edge and pattern-like qualities which are then interpreted through print processes.
The prints in turn have informed the drawings, working with a layering process, using stencils. I like the suspense of not quite knowing what lies beneath a stencil, of having to react to the outcome and then resolve the idea and image. For me this parallel’s peeling a print back from the plate to reveal the image often giving something unexpected, which then determines my next step. Working concurrently on drawings and prints helps me to work more fluidly, reflecting, selecting and changing elements through the process, each supporting the other.