Drawing and mark making is our first language; a visual language we use before words. I have always loved the physical, hands-on experience involved in the pleasure of making, as well as the need to draw as a way to explore the world.
My artistic journey has been varied as have my influences and inspiration, which have included events, accidental still-life, song lyrics and the landscape and architecture where I now live in Cumbria.
When printmaking, my need to draw is satisfied through the creation of form and texture as a surface is carved into, scratched or engraved; when a relief is built to make a collagraph; when an image is transferred as a screen print, building up layer after layer.
Colour has played a major role in some of my prints; others require the simplicity of black and white. However, printmaking offers one more thing once this is complete. It offers the anticipation, and the moment of surprise, when the paper is lifted, offering endless new possibilities.