When we were children, my mother pinned pictures she cut out from magazines on the wall. They were drawings, illustrations to stories that I have long forgotten, but the pictures fascinated me, the idea one could tell stories, convey meaning, without using words. Although I work across different disciplines, drawing is at the root of them all.
My main interest in my work is to tell stories about people, about their emotions and interactions with one another or with animals, nature, the super-natural.
Once I have an idea I will use studies from life drawing, sketches from the zoo or from my travels to work out the details. Or sit on a windy, rainy beach in January to draw the missing bits. Whenever I go away anywhere, I always have a sketch book with me. I now have shelves of sketch books which are there as a resource, some may never be used, but drawing in them is a pleasure in itself.
Etching was my first love and I still enjoy it. I love the quality of the etched line and the play of deep black and clean white with all the shades of grey between. My etchings, as all the rest of my work, are figurative and usually have a narrative element.
In my wood- and lino cuts I make use of strong flat colour set against areas of black. The process has some similarities with stained glass, which I also make, in that one has to work in different stages. The coloured glass itself is a beautiful material, tempered and modulated by the painting and staining, and accentuated by the lead that holds it together. I make hanging panels, some free-standing pieces and I am always interested in discussing commissions.