My love of printmaking started with very humble beginnings. Since childhood I have loved letter writing, and it is through this medium that I came to carving my own stamps. I had long since decorated my letters and envelopes with doodles and shop bought rubber stamps, and when I came across a rubber stamp carving kit way back in 1990, I decided to buy it and give it a go. I’ve never looked back since.
My very first carving was a smiley sun. Along with this very first carving, came my very first carving injury – a v-blade through the side of my left index finger. I learned my lesson very early on!
The more I carved, the more my printmaking practice developed, and from those humble beginnings of a simple sun rubber stamp to decorate my stationery, I now create detailed prints of landscapes and local architecture that are firmly in the art category. Whenever I go out on walks, I am always on the lookout for a new subject to carve, sketchbook and camera at the ready. I live in a village in the north east of England, on the edge of the North Pennines mountain range and where there are plenty of wooded areas. The local scenery shapes my artwork.