Sunday, 3 March 2019

RBSA Solo Show - Meet the Artist Day and live poetry event on Saturday 16 March 2019

Join us at the RBSA, where I have a solo show in the cafe space on the ground floor, for my 'Meet the artist day' on Saturday 16 March 2019.

There will also be a live poetry performance of poetry with links to the etchings I have on show.  Come to see Emma Purshouse and Jane Seabourne read and perform their poems - 2pm-2.30pm.  Suggested arrival time 1.30pm

New English Art Club NEAC at the Mall Galleries 2019

I haven't submitted artwork to the New English Art Club for their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries before.   This year I have entered two paintings which have got through the first (digital) round of judging - they have been 'pre-selected'. 

The next step is to take them to London to see if they will be selected in round 2.   If successful, then they may be hung in the gallery.

I must wait and see...

'Journeys' a Printmakers Council Exhibition opening 5 March 2019 at the London Print Studio Gallery - travelling next to Portsmouth Jack House Gallery

I'm taking part in this travelling exhibition organised by the Printmakers Council.   The theme is 'Journeys' and it is showing at the London Print Studio Gallery from 5-15 March 2019 and then travels to Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth where it is on from 19-30 March 2019.

A fascinating exhibition of small prints all printed on A4 paper interpreting the theme of 'Journeys' in many creative ways.

Mid Wales Arts Centre - Poems and Prints. 24 March-5 May

I have two etchings on show in this exhibition that poets have chosen to write about.  I can't wait to know what they have written!

Mid Wales Arts opens its doors for a new season at 3pm on Sunday March 24th with an exciting exhibition which is the brainchild of Andrew Baldwin, of Aberystwyth University. Andrew has developed a non-toxic alternative to traditional etching ground (called BIG) and is in much demand throughout the world for his ground as well as his prints.

The exhibition is on until 5 May.

Poetry Afternoon

To complement the exhibition Pat Edwards and Cathy Knapp have organised an afternoon on Sunday 31st March of poetry when invited poets will be reading their work alongside the prints that inspired them.
The day will start at 2pm. The exhibition and café will be open beforehand. To book please contact: 07970671819
Tickets £5 Refreshments available.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Inking and printing contemporary landscape etching - From hedgerow to hillside, The Wrekin, Shropshire

 Rubbing ink into the grooves and lines on the metal plate using a small rubber squeegee
 Wiping off the excess ink from the surface of the metal plate using yellow pages directory
Inked up etching plate on the press bed - final etching revealed by lifting up the paper

Friday, 15 February 2019

New website at

I've got a new website just launched!  It was designed by Jo Hounsome and I'm very pleased with it's more contemporary feel than my older one that I had had for some time.

Have a look at:

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Solo show at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists - 11 February to 31 March 2019

My etchings are at the framers and I'm excited and nearly ready for my solo show at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, St Paul's Square, Birmingham, B3 1SA.

All my prints in this exhibition are etchings but the subject matter is quite varied.  This is because I've been working with two poets, not to illustrate poetry but to create art that is inspired by it.

Here is an excerpt from Jane Seabourne's beautiful poem about trees...

Advice for Walking in Woods
‘Place the flat of your hand
on the first tree you meet
when you go through a wood.
Lay your life-line over
the bark. Let it cross-hatch.
Hold till you feel a bond.’…

I love trees too and I love the idea of laying your life-line over the bark and cross hatching and bonding with the tree.  I created this etching 'Through the trees'

Last year, I heard Emma Purshouse perform her poem about flamingos in captivity and was struck by the humour and the poignancy of the words

Flamingos in Dudley Zoo

…‘The pond by the gates, the faces,
The chair-lift soaring overhead,
us sky-watching, pale with envy.’…

To research for this poem I went to the zoo one cold, windy Autumn day. I went straight to  the flamingo pool near the main gate and it was empty! It started raining as I started to search for the temporary location of the flamingos.  I huddled as close to the building as I could to start drawing.  Of course they were moving, so I was drawing a head here, a leg there… Then the keeper arrived with two tubs of food and they plunged their heads into the tubs leaving only one view to draw!   Satisfied by their food, they preened their feathers, tucked their heads in and fell asleep.  Luckily, I had drawn enough heads, beaks, legs and bodies in my sketchbook and managed to use these to create my drawing.  This was the basis for my etching shown here printed in black ink and then re-printed with coloured inks.