The gallery of mixed media originals presents new work ranging from poetic landscapes to landmarks, legends and lovingly remembered places. Favoured approaches include mono-printing in crystalline water colour, collage and stitching using recycled materials as well as print. Many places both in and outside of the Peak District have provided inspiration for the stories told here in visual form. All works share a common theme of texture, rich colours and narrative quality.
This year I went on to develop a series of mixed media narrative works I call Place Mapping, where I document places I find on my journey, looking at sense of place, stories and language. This has turned into a very interesting project and promises to continue for a while. Original work range form small to medium so far, and is box framed and unglazed. The series also available in limited edition as framed prints as well as mounted ones.
The new Moon Almanac series began in the New Year when BBC Countryfile came to visit me on the very day of the January full moon, Wolf Moon. Filming took place on location, Eccles Pike in winter shroud, a most magic day, followed by hands on work in the studio with Ellie Harrison and the team. The piece of work which developed inspired me to continue and create a Moon Almanac representing the full moon of each month this year. Each work contains a narrative with literary connections whilst drawing on events transpiring as life evolves month by month.