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My work has a graphic quality to it and combines painting with printmaking techniques. I enjoy observational drawing as it gives me time to understand the structure and character of a subject. Often I depict food or animals and many of the subjects I paint are connected to memories or experiences. I think that’s why food is so interesting as its texture, colour, taste and smell can transport you back in time.
There is something I find quite magical about making a print as it gives a new dimension to my work. I always begin with a drawing that is then transferred onto tracing paper. This sheet is then hinged with masking tape onto a clean sheet of watercolour paper. With a dip pen and ink I follow the lines on the underside of the tracing then flip it over and print. It’s a gradual process that gives interesting and unexpected marks that add texture to my work.