I am fairly new to the practice of printmaking. Although I’ve had a life-long interest in looking at art and would always make a point of visiting galleries in whichever city my job took me, my education was in science and my career in IT. After taking early retirement at the end of 2009 I tried a few art making courses but it wasn’t until July 2011 and the Leicester Print Workshop Introduction to Printmaking course with Nichola Hingley that my enthusiasm was truly fired: I had joined as a member at LPW before the end of the course.
Since then I have taken many more courses and made a lot of prints but mostly one-offs as presents for friends and family. I printed my first edition in 2015 as my contribution to the LPW submission to the 20:20 Print Exchange (see all the LPW submissions here). I took Studio 5 upstairs when the new premises opened and will be found there or elsewhere in the workshop most days of the week.
My main interests are in mixing digital technologies with the tactility of printmaking. I’ve used photographs as the basis for linocuts, etchings and photolithographs. I am also beginning to incorporate the use of digital drawing apps such as Mischief and Clip Studio Paint. Most recently I have taken digital photographs, manipulated them in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and exposed and printed them as solar plates.
As Communications Volunteer for LPW, I contribute to the monthly Members’ Newsletter, help out on social media and maintain the LPW Pinterest and Printmaking Central websites. I occasionally support tutors on various courses and have been known to get computers, programs, wifi and printers working when they stop as well.
I am currently working on a series of prints for an exhibition in the LCB Depot Print Room incorporating solar plate images (based on photographs taken on my travels around Australia at the beginning of 2015) and screenprints. This exhibition will go up on 4th March 2016.