I find painting a search into the unknown and it can involve a lot of changing and reworking in order to find the all important surprise. In printmaking I am free of the obligation to search.
Hodgkin said, ‘Prints are made by people who already have an image, not for people who are searching for one’. ‘If you know what you are going to do, you’ll make a print. If you don’t know what you are going to do, you’ll make a mess.’ Paul Cornwall-Jones.
I can just draw straight from my visual memory and the fact that I cannot change anything is liberating. I work in collagraph and drypoint.
My inspiration comes from my visits to Penwith in Cornwall, a land littered with the detritus of long ago, from Bronze Age cromlechs and Celtic crosses to the ruined engine houses of its abandoned tin mines. The moors are a pagan world of standing stones and sweeps of bracken crowned by granite cairns. My colours are the gorse and the heather, sea and sky, the strident greens and yellows and orange-gold of lichens on granite and a multitude of greys. My imagery comes from the stones. I am excited whenever I come across a menhir or quoit, stone circle, barrow or carn. Most recently I have visited a fogou, in the Iron Age courtyard house settlement of Carn Euny. A low stone lined passage lead underground to a magnificent corbelled room.
My prints can be seen at:
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
Cank Street Gallery, Leicester
12 Wheel Lane, Barrowden, Rutland, LE15 8ER
Studio: Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL