I remember buying watercolours in Studio Jon in Cardigan in 1957. I experimented with poster colours for a few months in my teens but since the early 60’s always used Winsor and Newton’s finest.
In 1962 I entered a school of architecture and practised for the next 45 years, much of that time was spent drawing. This was a positive experience in many ways since it taught me to draw straight lines! and perspectives Unfortunately it killed the enjoyment of sketching and drawing during my free time. The arrival of computers in the 1980’s limited the amount of time spent drawing with 3H and Rotring so when I left to work in Australia my love of sketching returned. Visits to a range of Asian countries led to sketchbooks filled with elephants, palaces, temples, food and landscapes.
Retirement and a return to St Dogmaels in 2008 led to stacks of free time- to draw and paint. Initially I was in love with chapels, standing stones and the coast.
One day a friend introduced me to monoprinting- a messy process that resulted in a very few successful abstracts. Then I had a brainwave and started to mix a monoprint with lines. Some results were wonderful. Most disappointing.,
Then a breakthrough an introduction to collographs and a printing press, wow, what results are possible. So now I’m obsessed with printing and back to my enjoyable subjects-chapels, standing stones and the coast.
I’m, trying to knock out the years of architecture; I enjoy the spontaneity of watercolours and allow the water to do the work. Printing is fun since the results are only apparent once the paper is peeled off the plate, then it can either be a sad failure or occasionally –WOW.