Kent Painters Group
I will be exhibiting At Kent Painters Group in Sevenoaks on 28th, 29th, and 30th October. For more information - kentpaintersgroup.co.uk
August / October / November 2016
Sussex Guild craft shows at Pashley Manor Gardens
I will also be taking part in the Sussex Guild craft show at Pashley Manor Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend 27th –29th August. Also the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in 22nd and 23rdOctober, and Midhurst on 26th and 27th November. For more information - thesussexguild.co.uk
In September I will be showing a selection of engravings at the Florum exhibition at Sevenoaks Wildlife Trust. For more information - florum.co.uk
South East Open Studios
I will be joining Felicity Flutter and Louisa Crispin again for South East Open Studios in June
Two forthcoming books
I have two engravings in each of these forthcoming books by Alan Marshall at Mascot Media, the Little Chicken book is published in May, and the Elegant Fowl in June.
Clay Barn exhibition
I have been invited again by Louise Darby to exhibit at Clay Barn near Stratford on Avon at the second of her bi-annual weekend exhibitions at the end of November. I was last there in 2011.
Kent Painters Group
I have been invited to exhibit a selection of engravings at Kent Painters Group on 30th October to 1st November at Sevenoaks School
`Florum` botanical exhibition
I`ll be taking part with 6 of my engravings in the `Florum` botanical exhibition to be held in the visitor centre at Kent Wildlife Trust Sevenoaks reserve from September 12th-19th
I have my 4 hare prints in an exhibition `The Names of the Hare` currently on at New Brewery Arts centre, Cirencester till 19 September. The West End House Gallery, Smarden will be holding an exhibition of hare images and pieces from 16 October to mid November, inspired by `The Artful Hare` book. I also have hare prints in the BIRDscapes Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.
Sussex Guild contemporary craft show at Pashley Manor Gardens
I will be taking part in the Sussex Guild contemporary craft show at Pashley Manor Gardens over the Bank Holiday weekend 29-31 August. Here is a link on the Pashley website
South East Open Studios
I will be taking part in this years event which runs from 5th – 21st June 2015. Our opening times are on the South East Open Studios web site
Country Homes and Interiors
My work is being featured in the May issue of Country Homes and Interiors
The Artful Hare from Mascot Media
Close(ish) to completion the latest book from Mascot Media has more than 350 original prints (wood engravings, linocuts etc) from 74 British artists, all portraying the hare. The artists talk of hare encounters and influences, as well as discussing their techniques. The book follows the style of 'The Printmaker's Cat', which has virtually sold out and will reappear as a new revised and expanded edition later this year. As for the hares, they will be released in May, covering 208 pages of a beautiful hardback book. I have work included in both of these books.
Work in progress
A woodblock in mid progress – I am working from right to left, enjoying the mark making, but the squiggly bark lends itself to that. I made a working sketch from photos taken of the tree which is in Penshurst Park. The sketch has been traced into the wood block as a guide to engraving. The tree is known as Sir Philip Sidney`s Oak, though it`s probably 1000 years old and deteriorating fast, and it`s claimed that Henry VIII may have courted Anne Boleyn under its spreading branches. I thought it looked very sad when I last saw it, and the reference pictures I`m using were taken at least 3 years ago.
My engravings been used in various ways and have appeared in books, magazines, and publications, and even on chocolate bars. These were used by Great Dixter.
I was delighted to be selected to be the first engraver to receive the Bewick Prize at the Society of Wood Engravers` annual exhibition. The prize is awarded for an engraving in the spirit of Thomas Bewick`s work. (He was the eighteenth century artist and natural history author who popularised engraving on wood for commercial illustration). I decided to spend the prize money on a lovely boxwood block. This piece of work is available on my wood engraving page.