The gallery of mixed media originals presents new work ranging from poetic landscapes to landmarks, legends and lovingly remembered places. Favoured approaches include mono-printing in crystalline water colour, collage and stitching using recycled materials as well as print. Many places both in and outside of the Peak District have provided inspiration for the stories told here in visual form. All works share a common theme of texture, rich colours and narrative quality.
This year of 2019 I was ready to embark on a series which tells the story of my personal journey, like chapters in a book, although each piece is free standing in its own right. I set myself some framework guidelines as always, including trees in some kind of landscape (mostly based on a real one), and a bird which became symbolic in that it speaks for me. Words are chosen to accompany the narrative in each piece. A labour of love, albeit not an easy one, it is deeply satisfying to develop this series all in all to comprise twelve works.
This year I went on to develop a series of mixed media narrative works I call Place Mapping, where I document places I find on my journey, looking at sense of place, stories and language. This has turned into a very interesting project and promises to continue for a while. Original work range from small to medium so far, and is box framed and unglazed. The series is also available in limited edition as framed or unframed prints.
The new Moon Almanac series began in the New Year of 2017 when BBC Countryfile came to visit me on the very day of the January full moon, Wolf Moon. Filming took place on location, Eccles Pike in winter shroud, a most magic day, followed by hands on work in the studio with Ellie Harrison and the team. The piece of work which developed inspired me to continue and create a Moon Almanac representing the full moon of each month of that year year. Each work contains a narrative with literary connections whilst drawing on events transpiring as life evolved month by month.