I've been printmaking since 2012, and it has been a revelation for someone who always thought of himself as a painter only. Lino printing gives me the perfect technique to explore line, tone and design.
My subject matter falls into two main areas - what should perhaps be called magical reality, stemming from my previous work as a theatre designer, and love of book illustration. The second and biggest group is landscape, inspired by an area of Scotland known as the Banffshire Coast. This dramatic stretch of cliffs, bays and harbour towns, faces north with open sea in a direct line to the Pole. Banff, where I live and work, is in the centre of this 20 mile stretch, with Cullen in the west and Pennan in the east. All of which lies just below the 58th northern parallel - that’s north of Moscow and Copenhagen, the same line slicing through the top of Newfoundland and on to the southern tip of Alaska. Due to the gulf stream it is warmer than many of its northern brothers, but the light is the same, with seasonal changes from six hour days in the winter to summer nights where long lingering sunsets become the sunrise. For much of the year the tilt of the globe gives sharply angled light that slices between closely packed fisher cottages, over cliffs and burrows into waves. This infuses all my work, magical reality or otherwise.
The most productive times of the year for me in the studio are autumn through to early spring. In the darkest part of the winter I’m working from sketches, photographs and memories, but in the autumn and spring the constantly changing slanting light passes over the dramatic land and heaving seas changing by the minute, giving me enough source material for a lifetime.
The prints here are for sale, and range from £50 to £450, please email if you are interested in buying. Click on the image for an enlargement and more information on it, and click on the 'show more' text at the bottom to see more images.
Three colour reduction lino print - some eerie houses as I see them, but basically one of the places I walk my dog. 2019 500mm x 255mm. Edition of 25. £195
Three colour reduction lino print, inspired by my time as a theatre designer. 2019 185mm x 175mm. Two editions of 8 are available (Staged 1 and Staged 2), with slightly different colour variations. ££120
Three colour reduction lino print, inspired by book illustration and the way it brings writings to life. 2019. 295mm x 320mm. Edition of 25. £190
Three colour print that I should have posted up a long time ago. Moonrise 1 exists too, No 2 is darker that 1. 2017. 140mm x 270mm. Edition of 25 (as is Moonrise 1). £120
Banff, of course. Three colour print that I should have posted up a long time ago. 2017. 140mm x 270mm. Edition of 35. £120