I learned the art of silkscreen printing at Bradford College of Art. The whole concept of working from my own original drawing to produce a print with many layers completely captivated me and I have worked with this medium, on and off, ever since.
I love sketching outdoors – anything from the relatively quick pastel and pen drawings to large watercolours done on heavy handmade paper. I enjoy the challenge of producing a drawing or watercolour outdoors…there is the immediacy of having to finish it in a couple of hours or so (or return the next day!) and this concentrates the mind wonderfully. Some of these works are done with the express purpose of turning them into screen print editions and recent work has included The Laund Oak near Bolton Abbey – this lovely, ancient tree (rumoured to be several hundred years old) has provided many a photo opportunity in its hollowed out trunk – sadly the tree has finally collapsed and is lying on its side, though it is rumoured to be still alive!
The lease on my central Ilkley studio has finally, sadly, come to an end and I now work in my large garden print room – hopefully I shall continue to exhibit during the now well established Ilkley Art Trail, usually held in October.