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My working background has been in science and education, but I have been fascinated by photography since a student at London University in the 1970s when I completed a BSc and PhD in Chemistry. Much of my photographic work has made use of traditional and alternative processes and equipment, for example pinhole photography. I have always been interested in working within and exploring the constraints of photographic processes.

Over the years I have exhibited my photographic work regularly. As far back as 1983 some of my documentary work was exhibited at the GLC Spirit of London exhibition on the South Bank. More recently I have contributed to group exhibitions at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough in 2008 and the Heritage Gallery in 2012.

My printmaking has grown from these many years of working with photography. As a photographer I was always drawn to the use of monochrome images, which I have carried over into my printmaking work. My early printmaking work was mainly an exploration of the use of photoresist film to etch aluminium and steel plates but, in the last few years, I been working with hand-drawn etching and aquatinting techniques, mostly using brass plates.

I am a member of several North East artists' groups including Interface Arts Durham and Network Artists North East.

I also belong to Northern Print whose studio facilities I use to print my etchings. I have shown work in a wide range of art exhibitions across the region and regularly take part in art fairs and markets, particularly the regular art markets that take place in the Grainger Market in Newcastle.