My work sits within the tradition of English landscape art.
I make prints about the experience of being outdoors, informed by specific landscapes and the secret life of the plants and creatures that inhabit these spaces. My daily walks around the South Pennine moors and valleys have given me a deep familiarity with this terrain and the accumulated memories of place become the basis of image making.
I like working with natural materials and I enjoy the tactile qualities of making woodcut prints. Recently however for the sake of my joints I've started using a combination of wood and lino blocks. I'm not very interested in producing large numbers of identical prints and so these days I mostly produce variable editions which allow me to explore a range of colour choices.
My studio is in an old building sandwiched between the Rochdale canal and the river Calder. This provides many opportunities for observing the behaviour of water birds. I am currently working on a series of prints about the grey herons that stalk past my window.