Places and plants in my garden have inspired series of my works.
I always take my sketchbook and paints when I travel and enjoy the challenge of working outdoors. Then when I return home, my photographs are a quick reference guide.
My woodcuts are all individual art, printed by hand so that each has its own colour and pattern. Sometimes I use more than one tile and overprint to achieve interesting patterns and texture.
I work into the tile using wood carving tools similar to linocut tools and the knife is my drawing tool as I work directly from my sketches and photographs, or in the case of my plant designs, by looking at the plants themselves.
I created three woodcut tiles in my back garden in Spring. One shows the elderflower tree with its wonderful bark patterns and plants cascading below. Another has a planter of tulips and the third has three herbs - rosemary, fennel and lemon balm.
My paintings are a mix of acrylic, watercolour and acrylic inks. I also use printed tissue paper to add variety and depth. Living in the heart of the Peak District, I use the landscape and buildings around me as subjects.