I live on the edge of Dartmoor in a landscape full of stunning trees, so I don’t have to go far to find ideas for prints.
I work out a design, draw it directly on to the plate, then carve away everything I don’t want to print, using lino-cutting tools, leaving the image in relief. This relief method is how most linocut prints are made, although I mostly use smooth vinyl flooring, which is better for creating the fine detail I’m drawn to.
When I’ve finished the cutting, I roll ink out on a glass slab with a large roller, roll it on to my plate, put paper on top and put it through the press.
I study the first print, or proof and make any changes needed.
When I’m happy with it, I make a second plate the same size and ink it up with a blended roll of colour to make a background.
I started printmaking as a newcomer to art in 2010, when I joined the Dartington Printmaking Workshop. I became a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in September 2016. I work mainly from a studio in my house, where I have a Hawthorn press. I sell my handmade prints in online galleries and high street galleries (listed here), during September’s Devon Open Studios and at art and craft fairs, such as the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey in June.