I have been a professional practising artist since graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Printed Textile Design from Glasgow School of Art in 1987. I was born and brought up in Glasgow and now live and have my studio in the Scottish Borders Town of Peebles.
My work is an exploration and expression of the coastal landscape of Scotland. I take inspiration from the detail that occurs through the interaction of the land and sea
My collection of textiles and prints have been inspired by the activity of beachcombing, that precious time we give ourselves to get lost in the detail, to focus on the shoreline looking for and finding various curiosities that have been washed in with the tide.
The textiles are a combination of hand printed and dyed fabric, handmade felts, porcelain & glass pieces inspired by broken shells and stones finished off with machine and hand embroidery.
Lino & Gelatine Prints
The prints are a combination of lino cuts and gelatine prints with subtle splashes and additions of watercolour. Each print is unique using oil based printing inks onto high quality handmade Xuan paper.
Was born in Lincolnshire in 1952 and attended Wolverhampton, Farnham and Walthamstow Schools of Art in the early 1970s. His work from that period is in a number of private and public collections (including Manchester City Art Gallery and the RCA). After post graduate printmaking study’ he worked as a ‘master’ printer’ editioning original prints for other artists whilst teaching printmaking and design in London. Then, moving around the country, he worked as as designer, gamekeeper and commercial printer and eventually taught printmaking full time at Colchester School of Art. He then shifted career - and spent many years involved in education and training in wildlife management; whilst continuing to illustrate and design.
Eight years ago he began a project to develop a print workshop and studio at Craigshaw Barns Studio, near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire; where he now produces limited edition screen prints and linocuts, and is developing the intaglio facilities. He is also planning to offer screen-printing workshops.
He has work selling through a number of galleries, both locally and further afield. In recent months he has again taken part in the ‘Spring Fling’ Open Studios; he has been an ‘Artist in Action’ at several Game and Country Fairs; had prints selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art; been commissioned to create a print for the ‘Shooting Times’ Summer Special Edition front cover; and selected and hung in this year’s Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts’ Annual Exhibition.
I continue to be fascinated by the possibilities of using contemporary technology in conjunction with high levels of traditional printmaking craft skills to create truly original prints.
I am interested in images and objects that are not in any way reproductions or imitations of any other medium, but that have the techniques, qualities and effects and that only handmade prints can offer; along with the advantages of producing multiples in (genuinely limited) editions. Like most printmakers, I still enjoy exploring and mastering new and different hands-on printmaking skills which in turn constantly evolves and develops my imagery and print qualities.
In my work I want to explore the possibilities of making images that are, in one way, those of traditional ‘countryside’ and/or wildlife subject matter, but that take a less ‘traditional’ approach. Also this year I have continued to develop a theme of incorporating my own poetry as an integral part of the prints I produce; both compositionally and as a means to expand my communication to the viewer regarding my reaction to and inspiration from the subject.
Selected images from the show