Landscape Artist, UK - Painter & Printmaker
I'm an English landscape artist, living in the UK, making both original paintings and prints. I make unique oil paintings and linocut prints and my subject is the UK landscape.
Here I explain:
A landscape artist
Updated: Sept 2018
I don't think it's possible to live in North Yorkshire, UK, and not be aware of the landscape. Growing up surrounded by farmland and woods also provided me with endless fascinations and moments of wonder as a youngster, which has simply never left me. This is why I'm a landscape artist.
I've lived in North Yorkshire since the age of four when my parents returned to the county. The largest county in England, it has a rich variety of landscape, including: a coastline of sweeping beaches, rocky bays and staggeringly high cliffs; the rolling hills of the Wolds; the lush Vale Of York; the severe and majestic Dales; expansive North Yorkshire Moors and a myriad of rivers and waterfalls.
Altogether this rich variety provides me with more ideas for paintings and linocuts than I can ever hope to make in one lifetime - suffice to say: I'm never in want of inspiration for paintings and prints, and that's just one county in the UK!
I've had the good fortune to visit a few foreign countries, which because their landscape is unfamiliar, it seems exotic and enthralling. I've always found the UK landscape not only exotic and enthralling, but also rich, varied and unique. Wild and cultivated sit side by side, shaped by ancient farming methods still evident today in many parts of the country – the distinctive Dales stone barns, for example. It all makes the UK landscape difficult to beat in my view.
I am embarking on a programme of travel around the UK as and when I can afford to, with the sole purpose of collecting inspiration from other parts of the country. So far, I've spent a working week at a place I adore, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland (2016), and had a short working holiday in The South Hams in Devon (2017) where I've never been before. I have nothing planned for either 2018 or 2019 at this time. I've plenty to be getting on with already!
Some of my finished linocuts/paintings
A little about me, my history
Updated: Aug 2017
I've always been a professional artist. Since leaving art school at the age of 19, I've worked continuously as an illustrator, designer and artist. A full-time illustrator (painter) during my early career, the advance of technology meant I diversified into design for a while. I've taught fine art in higher education and worked in community arts, developing (and running) creative projects for remote and isolated communities in North Yorkshire.
In 2007, I realised an ambition to complete a Fine Art Masters, when I graduated from Leeds University.
I exhibited my first original lino print, a local landscape, in 2006 and this marked the point at which I became a lino print artist – a printmaker. Encouraged by the popularity of my linocuts, I began investing in my printmaking activity, quickly establishing myself in several good quality, private galleries in the region.
Both my landscape and seascape linocuts consistently secured places in juried exhibitions, with art collectors buying up to five at once.
I exhibited my first painting, a beach scene, in 2008 selected for show in a juried exhibition (two years after my first lino print secured a place). However, I 'parked' painting to develop my prints, mainly because I was unclear what kind of painting I wanted to do anyway, having experimented without satisfaction. I explain this more where I talk about being an oil painter (see link below).
After a gap of some years, when my productivity was severely limited due to a serious illness, I'm now well underway with a determined project to renew and rebuild my art practice, and I hope you will get as much pleasure from looking at my distinctive original paintings and lino prints, as I do from making them.
My thanks and appreciation to all those who've supported me this far, by adding my art to their collections.
Two reasons I'm a painter-printmaker artist
Updated: Sept 2018
I split my time between painting oil paintings and making prints. This means my art activity is what's called a dual practice. There are two main reasons why I make both of these things.
Firstly, being a landscape artist who is a painter and printmaker helps to stop me settling in a comfort zone. Each of the two activities prompt ideas for the other. My printmaking and painting have now become so established that they're beginning to influence each other and this is all good in my view – it will lead to better art.
The second reason is simply that I enjoy the very different challenges and possibilities of each medium. In paint I can play with colour and softness not possible in linocut. Lino prints on the other hand are great for texture that would be difficult in paint. Layering in printmaking is also great fun where trying to achieve the same in painting would require lots of masking. I used a lot of masking in my illustration days, so I know how fraught it can be with paint that all too easily leaks under the mask.
Artists who paint and make prints - painter-printmakers
The tradition of artists who both paint and make prints dates back to someone I consider a forefather of dual art practice, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). It probably goes further back than him. Many artists have followed in his footsteps, including the great and lauded Picasso, who was a prolific printmaker as well as painter. So in my desire to be both printmaker and painter, I'm clearly in good company!
The list of respected artists who worked in both print and paint is a long one. Here are a few you may not have realised did: the painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn produced at least 2 etchings, Vincent Van Gogh made 9 lithographs and an etching, while William Turner made many etchings, mezzotints and engravings. Rembrandt, Gogh and Turner were known for their paintings. Two of my printmaking heroes, Edward Bawden and John Piper known for their prints, were also prolific painters.