I am creating affordable art…

I am a storyteller using predominantly illustrative art to tell my own stories and those of others. The story, however, doesn’t end with my creation, it is used to begin a dialogue between the viewer and myself through which we discover new sides to ourselves. In the end, this process of discovery is what matters and gives the piece its value.

…through illustrated story telling…

Throughout my life, I have been fascinated by stories and their role in understanding our place in society, who we are as human beings and how we relate to our environment. Therefore, illustrative art is the most important to me, and that has been a focus of my work for many years. I am influenced by Albrecht Durer, Arthur Rackham and Quentin Blake. These artists have each discovered what I try to achieve which is to distill one moment from the narrative which captures the essence of the story and communicates it in a single captivating image.

I enjoy the problem solving of discovering the right moment to depict in my own imagination. I don’t often draw many different versions but rather dream different ways of completing the picture in design, colour and composition until I am happy. Then I get to work in the real world beginning with loose scribbles around my imagined visions; I will explore light and texture, allowing the image to go where it wants, guided by my intuition to bring imagination into the real world. Working in this way allows me to produce illustrations for clients very quickly that they are happy with, often in the first draft.

…in original sculpted woodblock relief prints…

I work in all sorts of media from the traditional to digital, though currently, my passion is for creating woodcut relief prints. This has developed over the last twenty-five years exploring my love for black and white ink drawings and how line works in art. It was stepping back and seeing how my style and design had grown in some of my pieces that I recognised the potential for working in prints and so went about learning how to make them.  Essentially it is planning and creating a 2-dimensional sculpture and then using that to create the image many times and yet each one is an original and not a reproduction. It is the idea of sculpture and the romance and history of working with wood and traditional carving tools which continue to draw me rather than using many artist’s choice of lino for printing.  There is a sense of practicality, availability and shareability in my work: making original art prints allows me to spread the cost of one image creation over several impressions, making it more affordable for people to own original art, and even to become art collectors.  I never make more than one hundred of each idea, and then the block is destroyed.

…and helping people to discover and tell their own story and sense of purpose…

I have a great concern for people who don’t fit and then find themselves on the edges of society. My own family is affected by autism, myself included. Because you don’t fit it can affect low self-esteem and sense of identity and purpose and this drives me as an artist. As someone who holds a position as a Christian minister in the Church of England I know how important it is to be loved and valued, something which is strong in my faith – God loves you – and become the person they were made to be and not just the person who fits into the crowd everyone expects.I am just starting to experiment and explore art with people to help them with their own story. Through my art, I build relationships with people which allow me to show how I have discovered my purpose and help them to do the same. I share my story, and encourage them to discover and write their own story of their life, and what it might become.

…and what their future story might become.

I am just starting to experiment and explore art with people to help them with their own story. Through my art, I build relationships with people which allow me to show how I have discovered my purpose and help them to do the same. I share my story, and encourage them to discover and write their own story of their life, and what it might become.