In 1981 I focused on creating images that combined the inverted triangle with landscape. I used paper with cut slots to insert a separate element. All of these images use cotton rag paper (Rives) and most are using crayon and pastel. They are all square, in 2 different sizes. The inserted element indicates a detail observed in the landscape (sea, sky, land etc).
During 1983 and 1984, I made a series of folding wall hanging pieces using rag paper and wood. The imagery on the paper was abstracted from landscapes and was created with oil crayon. I made drawings for these pieces but not all were finally created. Most of the coloured drawings that you see here are on large graph paper with pencil and crayon.
The mysterious standing stones and stone circles of the British Isles are the remains of a culture that existed some 4,000 years ago. The photographs on this page show a selection of the many hundreds that exist, often in remote and desolate places, throughout the country. Archaeologists associate the sites with the Neolithic (late Stone Age) and early Bronze Age periods, but the question of their purpose remains largely unresolved.
My Stones and Mirrors project inspired these drawings. Most of them are single uprights symbolizing solitude and peace, but then I have imagined more complex structures that reflect their surroundings.
Between 1979 and 1984 I was a member of the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative. You see here a mixture of screenprints, etchings and woodcuts. Some of the images are constructed from photographs but others are hand drawn into wax before being etched. Some aquatint is also used in those prints.
Ceannan-tailen (pronounced Kintallen) is small bay on the West Coast of Scotland near to the mouth of West Loch Tarbert. The bay is exposed to the Sound of Jura and the prevailing westerly winds. The sand in the bay is continually shifting such that each year when I returned it always seemed different. I liked to spend much time on this shore observing the tidal world and the photographic pieces here are a result of ideas developed on this beach.
This series of works on paper come from 1982. I was inspired by the notion that the combination of 3 items invokes harmony. I was struck by the phrase from Chinese Literature: