At first my engraved panels were a means of making wood-cut prints. The wood used was driftwood planks found by the sea, where powerful rhythms are seen, heard and felt.
Driftwood is a gift from the sea, with an unknown past.
Wood retains a living spirit even when no longer growing, and I connect with this when I work the wood.
My imagery is a contemplation of the relationship of opposite or complementary qualities, male/female, light/dark, animate/inanimate, spirit/flesh, straight/curved. The panels are firstly drawn, painted and stained until quite dark, then finally cut back to the lighter wood.
Photograph by Pete Milson