Etchings bring together old techniques and new inspirations. I love letting the interaction of copper and ink make every print unique, and every print fresh. And I am inspired by using the same techniques that have been used for hundreds of years: preparing the plate, melting the ground, etching with acid, and printing with a nineteenth century mangle.
Using soft and hard grounds, aquatint, sugar-lift, ‘à la poupée’ and other techniques, I like to capture the pattern and form of what inspires me. Most, but not all, of my work is inspired by rural Kent.
I work in the smallest of etching studios, made out of recycled materials, in the heart of Kent. I enjoy the reflective process or ‘building’ a print, which could be referred to as ‘slow art’.
Using the ‘à la poupée’ technique, and varying the inking techniques, a further quality to the etching is added that ensures that each print is effectively a mono-print. The ink adds a painterly quality, playing with colour and light. Nothing is added on after the print passes through the press, so that as well as being part of a limited edition, each print is nuanced and has its own, unique atmosphere.
Commissions welcome, visits to the studio on arrangement.
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