Each print comes with it’s own certificate of authenticity signed by me. 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.
It’s the simple pleasure of a walk in the great British countryside that inspired this piece. We were walking in the lake district and spent most of our time in the clouds once we got above a certain height. However, once we dropped back below the cloud line a truly magnificent view was revealed to us. I was so moved by it I had to complete my biggest piece of artwork yet. It measures 1.4 meters wide by a meter high and took me 76 hours to complete. The scale of the landscape just demanded that scale of artwork. If I could transport it anywhere, it would have been even bigger.