A Great Escape Art
During a year I create 3 main collections. My range of acrylics on canvas cover a wide range of themes that reflect the colours and textures of the Cornish landscape. From the calm of woodlands and rivers, to the ruggedness of the moors and coastline to the paraphernalia of the fishing trade on the quayside.enjoy.
My watercolour range focuses mainly on plants and flowers. They are heavily influenced by the Japanese Ukiyo-e wood-block prints with their fading colours in the background, black ink outlines, sweeping, diagonal composition and long slim formats. More recently I have introduced a botanical watercolour collection with more detailed observations.
Thirdly Gyotaku – Monoprinting with real fish! (‘Gyo’ = fish, ‘taku’ =impression or rubbing in Japanese). The traditional method used by Japanese fishermen to record their catch by coating the fish in squid ink and then pressing the fish on the deck of the boat to leave a print. I use acrylic ink rather than squid ink for the initial monoprint. I then use acrylic or gouache to paint in the eyes and highlight the fins. Although 15 – 25 pieces may be printed with one fish during a session no one piece is the same as another, each piece is different and an original.