Rural and urban landscapes provide the starting point for my prints. I sketch in all weathers and the elements play a large part in defining the spirit of my work. I like to include buildings in my work, to give a sense of history and place; a human connection to the landscape and spaces around us. I am also interested in composition and creating a balance between what I have seen and sketched and the natural rhythms of lines and tones across the printed surface. The original image may change as the process of print-making takes over and my concerns turn to mark-making, balance, composition, mood and movement within each piece. I currently mainly use monoprint, collagraph, drypoint and screen printing techniques often combining the techniques together. I usually only print an edition of 4 or 5 prints.
My qualifications include Certificate in Foundation Studies at Leeds College of Art & Design, BA Hons Fine Art at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. I am a member of Leeds Fine Artists and Inkers contemporary printmakers. Through collective activity and interaction Inkers members support each other to improve personal and professional print making and business skills. We hold regular touring group exhibitions and aim to promote printmaking regionally. I currently work for Skippko, a Leeds based participatory arts organisation as a project manager. I also devise and facilitate community-based creative arts projects using a wide range of visual medium, (including printmaking, textiles, collage, mosaic & painting), and undertake freelance creative arts projects with community groups and in schools.