If you travel the country way between Melton Mowbray and Leicester, the road winds through the villages Great Dalby, Ashby Folville, Barsby and on to the village where I grew up - South Croxton.
It is along this route that many of the drawings were made, particularly around the 'tree village' Ashby Folville - a mixture of parkland and cultivated fields - see the Dream Landscape on the home page of this website.
As a child I was immersed in this landscape. Looking out of my bedroom window from the school house, a line of trees punctuated the horizon - the Ridgemere, an ancient trackway. The Halt, the Secret Garden, the Cowslip Field, the Buried Heart, Midsummer Church, the Medieval Moat and the Dreaming Tree - it is to these themes that I have returned in my work.
Leaving the countryside to live in Leicester, and later London to train as a teacher I eventually returned to rural Leicestershire. I am indebted to printmaker Pamela Clarkson teaching me about etching in her studio in Loughborough; it was there that I transformed the drawings into prints.
In the linoprints I began to explore other narratives as well as those of the Leicestershire landscape.
The real magic of
discovery lies not in
seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes
- Marcel Proust
For the past few years I have been involved in photography; looking at the 'art that is already there' - frosty mornings on the park that transform the everyday into something magical.