Only the finest materials were used to make this limited edition print, which I have produced myself. Both the paper (Somerset Enhanced Velvet) and the inks (Epson UltraChrome Pro) are of archival quality, meaning the print could last up to 400 years.
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.
The natural beauty of the Cornish coast is the focus of this piece. I’ve visited Cornwall regularly since I was a boy and have relatives there still. It wasn’t really until I grew up that I came to appreciate the sheer beauty of the place, up until then it was simply my playground. Along with my sister and cousins, I’d spend hours and days playing in the fields, beaches and rock pools of the area. This particular cove is near St Agnes on the north coast of the county, where some good friends live. On this specific occasion we were out walking as the sun was setting, providing some truly stunning light and creating a mosaic of coastal rock and mirror calm sea.