Watch out for BBC Countryfile on 2nd December I will be printing a beautiful piece of Oak with Helen Skelton

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.