Early Printmaking

Early work was largely illustrative; the most successful being ‘The Sea’, and that is where this first section begins. The first work I turned into an etching at this time was ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’.

Based at Maidstone College of Art, part of the Kent Institute, attending first ever year of The Communication Media Degree course, a love of landscape soon had me exploring the countryside, and after a couple of visits to the North Kent Coast and the Thames estuary I discovered the remains of numerous old boats left to rot in the tidal sands, ravaged by the weather and the sea, eroded away, exposed wooden ribs giving the impressions of old dinosaur remains. I was rotting away etching plates with great enthusiasm to add to the feeling of decay.The most extreme was the etching called, strangely enough Decay.

The prints that followed were the result of investigating the themes that lay behind my early work, death and rebirth, and I studied ancient mythologies and religious beliefs. The power of the Goddess and Mother Earth ruled supreme before Christianity. Two pieces of work, ‘Fertile Earth’ and ‘She takes all things’ express these discoveries. I also used ancient symbols, Egyptian and Greek mythologies in work that reflected personal experience at the time, ‘Sirens’, ‘Recollections on the Coast’ and ‘We Get What We Deserve’.

Projects in this section