Collecting objects is important to my work, old tools from markets, rusty hooks from boatyards, these are my souvenirs. I take them home, study, draw, etch plates and print them. The process of etching plates itself creates similar eroded results to that found on these pieces and it’s in this that I seek to reproduce and represent, reflecting where possible their history. This is an act of translation.
I gather stones whilst walking on the beaches of Suffolk, Portugal and the Outer Hebrides. I am interested in the textures of these rocks that have been weathered and eroded that make up the coastlines.
As an extension of my work drawing the landscape I have turned the rocks and earth into pigments and started using it as a printing ink.