( Apologies for photo quality, which will be much improved when I can hunt down my tripod )
B & W Woodcut
Image size: 60cm x 45cm
It took about 6 months from first saying 'I'd like to do a lobster' to actually cutting this block. A big step was visiting the the Fish Man in Ilfracombe Harbour, and asking him to show us his live lobsters. This he did kindly and knowledgeably, and not without injury to his person when he slipped the bands off of their pincers.Susi won't let me eat
lobster because she says they can live
forever; this is the closest I'm going to get
Oct 2014 Ltd Edition 24
B & W Woodcut.
Image size: 45cm x 60cm
This was my first big woodcut, and remains one of my favourites. It's also the print which christened our wonderful press - thank you, Klaus. Living in a valley 'twixt woods and cliffs, we often see a pair of Ravens pass overhead. Quite a presence, with their aerobatics and loud , gruff voice.
Oct 2013 Ltd Edition 36
'Cuckoo Cochin Chinas'
B & W Woodcut. Image size 45cm x 60cm
Surely the biggest, fluffiest chickens in all the world! I fell in love with their plumage pattern of simple barring (cuckoo), and their sheer volume of feathers tipped me slightly further towards insanity...
Oct 2014 Ltd. Edition 24 £200 unframed
Image size: 30cm x 22.5cm
After a lifetime of picking up cuttlefish 'bones' from the tide-line for my little birds, I decided I really wanted to find out more about the living creatures themselves. Regarding their spots, it is exceedingly difficult to cut small round holes in wood, but surprising what you can do with the blunt end of a pair of pincers.
Sept 2014 Ltd. Edition 24
"Some quality of magic will almost inevitably be sensed in any modern painting rooted in close observation of appearances....A metaphysical intention is not essential: the translation of the real on to the unreality of the canvas is itself a sufficient transformation"
Norbert Lynton 'The Story of Modern Art'