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.
In 2021 we went on a bit of a UK art tour, travelling to some of the countries best landscapes, doing art out in the wild as we went. The first stop on this tour were the North Pennines and one of the things that captured me was the number of ruined dwellings that we came across as we walked through the countryside. This one was about a 10 minute walk up the hill behind where we stayed in Nenthead.
It had such atmosphere, talking to the changing shape of the country we live in. This would have been an old farmers or miners home, that fell into ruin when the economic realities of the region changed. Working outside brings a very different feel to my art, the mark making is done much quicker, focusing on the atmosphere of a scene, rather than it’s detail.