It is a great irony that, having spent over 30 years of my working life as an illustrator, that career was never my intention when I was studying at Liverpool College of Art. I loved type and typefaces and saw myself as a ‘graphic designer’.
Consequently my access to the printmaking studios at that time was more restricted than for those students identifying as ‘illustrators’.
Over the years, the frustrations of my limited time printmaking at college grew and so it came as a joy, since my move to Kent in 2012, to finally learn the printmaking processes of linocut, silkscreen and etching.
Thanks to Hugh Ribbans who introduced me to the delights of the reductive process of linocut and to Suki Hayes-Watkins & Karen Radford of the Print Block, Whitstable for their excellent silkscreen course.
More recently, I’ve been making etching plates with the help and guidance of Fiona de Bulat and Paul Atkins of dba editions in Ramsgate.