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What compelled you to choose art?
I just loved my first box of paints from the start. Cheapo watercolours, yes, but the more I painted, the more I liked the idea of being an artist. A certain degree of innocence and ignorance helps make a child think they can do art.


Was it always plain sailing?
The more I learned, the harder it got and at art school paintings were over-worked. The appeal of printmaking was that there is always an end to the sequence and layers of ink. No more going back to change things.


I love the physical nature of cutting shapes and lines in lino. The craft involved is a challenge and graduating coloured inks is a fascination I would not be without.

My favourite birds are oystercatchers and pheasants. I like distant views in the landscape and moving wildlife such as birds in flight and hares chasing. When it’s not wildlife, I love old wooden boats on the shingle at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.


I have worked on old printing presses all my career, but nothing compares with my Harry Rochat albion press based on a press made in 1854. Cast in 2013, it is perfectly over-engineered and I love it!


Is there something you wish you could do better?
Every linocut is an attempt to challenge myself, but If I’m honest I would love to play the violin better than I do. I expect other people who hear my playing think that too.


How easy is it to source ideas?
The more I work, the more I see. The more I see, the more I work. Printmaking is my way of observing nature.


Do you remember your first sale?
Tradition has it that your auntie buys the first picture.


What is your typical day like?
Now I have finished my day job, my day is not remotely typical. Sometimes I am in my studio by 7.30 and sometimes not. When I’m thinking about my next linocut I may do very little, except find a feeble excuse to find a tearoom or meet up with a friend.


Do you take commissions?
I really hate commissions because they fetter my ideas. I have done them, but rarely enjoyed the experience when the brief was too narrow.



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