I was born in Northumberland, spending my childhood along the wild atmospheric coastline between Tynemouth and Bamburgh. The weather that can change from fine to malign very quickly had a lasting effect on how I try to capture my chiaroscuro landscape and cityscapes.
My process starts with getting to the location as early as possible with sketchbooks producing quick chiaroscuro drawings to capture the early light and atmosphere. Using the sketch book to trigger my memory back at my studio, I produce my large graphite drawings. My early artistic influences were the fine art photographers Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, the mezzotints of JMW Turner and John Constable and more recently the etchings and aquatints of Norman Ackroyd.
Elected to the SGFA in 2013.