From April I will have a printmaking studio and gallery in Stable 5 at Grizedale Forest!

The Return

There has been one constant in my life which is borne out by the childhood sketchbooks my parents kindly kept for me.

I love to make pictures and I love trees and rivers.

I set up Salmon Jam Press in 2017, but its been many years in the making.

Art wasn't available to me at school so I set off on another journey, returning to drawing and painting whenever I could. 

I made my first etching of a tree with Chris Bacon, 21 years ago, and began wood engraving and volunteering in the press room at Cherryburn 5 years ago.

I have been a professional photographer for 20 years, and was a Careers Advisor for 17 years before that. 

I have a BSc in Social Administration, a Masters in Guidance and Counselling, a Diploma in Vocational Guidance, and an HNC in Photography.

I am largely self taught in art and am very grateful to have been mentored in traditional printing by Paul Goldsmith, and wood engraving by Chris Daunt. 

I am very proud that I will be able to apply for Membership of the Society of Wood Engravers in 2019 as I have been selected for exhibition on 3 occasions.

I discovered that it was possible to make relief prints from Trees when I came across the work of Bryan Nash Gill in 2017.