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The Art of Nature on Paper

The Art of Nature on Paper” began on the beach.

Progressing from using conventional methods of painting beach views and patterns, I created prints directly off the beach, using charcoal powder and cuttlefish ink seaweed prints in the studio.

“I am thrilled by transient moments of nature such as the blossoming of a flower, or the patterns made by a wave, being captured to live for so much longer on paper.”

My current body of work is titled “The Art of Nature on Paper”

Having spent much of my life beside the sea or on the sea, beaches have become an obsession of mine. Moving to Guernsey, which has some of the strongest tides in the world the patterns and nature of the intertidal zone have become a fascination.
I began using conventional methods of painting the beach views and patterns, then moved to texture paste to try and recreate them in relief, and even making worm casts from string.

Never quite being able to capture the amazing, transient patterns when the tide receded, I decided to print directly print off the beach, using charcoal powder as it has to have little or no detriment to the environment.

I just love the raw quality of the prints which still seem to retain the very essence of the sea.

Continuing to act as a facilitator for nature to create art, my preoccupation with the materials, being of little or no determent to the environment led me to…

My current body of work is created from organic inks I have made from plants in my garden. The inks have unique properties often changing to the opposite colour overnight, and interacting with each other in unexpected ways. Each colour takes at least 3 hours to produce.

This facet of “The Art of Nature on Paper” is called ‘Blooms’ it emanated from soil samples grown in petridishes which then dictated the circular composition of the work.

The work is mostly monochrome, framed and on 220 gsm quality cartridge paper, I am just making forays onto canvas.