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I am a printmaker based at Ushaw, County Durham. I make my prints by acid-etching polished and aquatinted metal plates which I then individually ink and print onto Somerset Satin paper using a traditional hand press. The limited life of the metal plates means that these are true limited edition, original prints, not reproductions.

Much of my work is inspired by the landscape and architecture of the North East of England. My earlier work developed out of many years of working with traditional monochrome photography. Some of my earlier, steel plate etchings are based on his photographic work. In the last few years I have moved to using brass plate etchings based on sketches of subjects. Using sugar lift and spit bite techniques has allowed a freer, more painterly approach to my work.

I regularly take part in art fairs and markets in the region and am a member of a number of regional arts and printmaking organisations. My work is sold in galleries in Newcastle, Bishop Auckland and Hexham. Until 2019 I produced most of my work at the Northern Print studio in Newcastle; I now have a studio at Ushaw, near Durham City.