A connection to my local environment
I love to live in Ely, cycling out on the surrounding Fen and exploring further afield in Suffolk and Norfolk. When I first moved here I didn’t see the landscape as a worthy subject but, as I explored it on my days off, I began to recognise the way that this exposed landscape alters its mood, the subtlety of the flora and the way that this place exists right on the edge of the encroaching biome. As I pass through Prickwillow (a place where sea level is at head height on the first floor of local buildings) my natural altimeter tells me to hurry (that the sea will engulf me at any moment) and as I climb up the Isle of Ely at Coveney, or Little Downham, I feel relief and breathe deeper as if I have escaped something by reaching a place where I can glimpse the vastness of the view.
I instinctively understand how this complex, fragile place has led to a multitude of myths and local folk tales. More than this, I am fascinated by more recent history of how my neighbours have drained and worked the land. I hear tales of children catching eels with eel creels (everyone has their own perfected method); of thrift and living from the hedgerow; of growing their own vegetables alongside working long hours on the land; of floods and digging drains; of servicing the railways and the war planes; of growing up (within living memory) in the shanty town they appropriately called The Babylon; of the area (where my house sits) they called The Paradise; of ingenuity, creativity, skill and collaboration.
All of this is expressed in these new works which seek to illustrate this mystical place perched on the edge of the natural world. They start as traditional, painstaking observational drawings on paper in pen, which are then digitally manipulated into multiple layers that seek to illuminate hidden truths.
These are all giclee art prints of my original digital artworks. They are printed to order by a local Fine Art printer on 320gsm archival, non-acidic paper with archival inks (this means that the colours are as intense as an original artwork and should not fade). Every single print is hand signed and dated by me. PLEASE NOTE that these are the highest quality art prints which are only printed to order and will take around 10 working days to reach you from the time of your order.
Prices include one signed print and mount (but not the frame) and UK postage. If you are ordering from outside the UK please get in touch. PLEASE ALSO NOTE prints may not be available in all sizes (see the specific options for each print).
These are my standard dimensions:
SMALL (A5) 10x15cm print in a 20x25cm (approximately 8”x10”) mount £49
MEDIUM (A4) 21x30cm print in a 30x40cm (approximately 12”x14”) mount £89
LARGE (A3) 30x41cm print in a 40x50cm (approximately 16”x20”) mount £169
I’m just getting ready to take part in Cambridge Open Studios in July 2021, after which lots of my prints will be available to buy from here online.