Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hopefully a Helpful Heron


I am so pleased to report that the entire edition has sold out. I have been asked if more are available but I only have the five Artist's Proof Copies. Two are for my archive, one is a gift for Adewale which leaves just two available. I have listed these on Etsy for £15 each plus shipping. Here is the link:


Thank you so much for your support. Most of the herons have now been posted. Some will go out tonight and the last few after the weekend. They are on their way to six countries, inclusing the USA and Australia.

The original post is below...

If I make a donation, I am usually removed from the events or situation that prompted the act but this time it is different; I am trying to help a friend.

You can read in detail about Adewale's situation here: https://www.gofundme.com/donate4Wal 

 I decided to try make a contribution by selling a small and exclusive edition of a wood engraving:

This block was engraved from a drawing I made of a small heron sitting in a tree beside the river at Ely in Cambridgeshire. I am rather fond of herons. I have completed the engraving and am making an edition of only fifty engravings which I am selling for ten pounds plus postage. I chose a low price because I wanted these to be affordable. they are available from my Etsy store:


If you like the image, please buy one.

If its not your kind of thing,  please consider buying one for a friend who might.

If you don't want to buy one, please share this so that it reaches other people who might.

If you don't want to buy one, please consider making a small direct donation using the link above.

If you represent a gallery, please consider buying several and sell them at whatever mark up you choose; the important thing is for me to sell them and I really don't mind if you sell them on at thirty or forty pounds.

If you want to buy all that are available and give them to friends then contact me and I will pay for the postage!

I am proud to call Adewale a friend. We attended  their wedding. He is a good man. I would like to be able to help him. Working as an engraver means living from hand to mouth but here is a way that I can make a contribution.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Open Studio Video 2016

It is Open Studio season here in Cambridgeshire and I have returned to my habit of making a "walk through" video to lead you around the space and highlight some of the things on display.

Here it is:

 Go here to watch it full screen

Much of the new work on show has not yet been added to my website but some can be seen here in my Etsy site:


This isn't the end of my Open Studio this year. You can visit during the last weekend, July 23rd - 24th between 11am and 6pm. You don't have to buy - you are most welcome to come and see how the work is made.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Exhibition of Fifty Wood Engravings at The Old Fire Engine House, Ely.

I am really pleased to be showing my work at The Old Fire Engine House in Ely, Cambs. This is my fourth exhibition there and I am hanging fifty works, including a great many new engravings - many on show for the first time.

One of the reasons that I like showing in this space is that the setting is domestic, rather than "white cube". I can hang things in groups and have chosen to do this with the Honeybee stamp illustrations and the five owl images that are included in "The Elegant Fowl", a book of printmakers' owls.

Here is a peek:

Here are details - you are most welcome to come to the Private View if you are in the area:

Click here for further details of the opening hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Open Studio 2016

Its that time of year again and I am spending the day getting things ready for the first weekend of the Cambridgeshire Open Studios. I am open on the following weekends between 11am and 6pm:

Weekend 1     July 2 - 3
Weekend 2     July 9 - 10
Weekend 4     July 23 - 24

This is the first year that I have opened for three weekends and there is another big change here. The last couple of months have seen the studio extended and given its own front door and windows so be one of the first people to see the new space.

There will be lots of new work as well, including the engravings I made for the Royal Mail Honeybee miniature stamp sheet. Hand coloured  impressions of these blocks will be available, together with my full range of wood engravings and handmade books.

 I will have an engraving "on the go" and "Red" the Albion handpress will be working.

Another new engraving is this artwork for a vinyl release by Glasgow band Nieves:

Yet another change is that I am now able to take card payments. I believe that Open studios should be more than just a shop but we do offer work for sale during these events.

Here are the details:

 It would be great to see you there - do please feel free to come and look round without feeling you have to buy anything, although you might be tempted by the handmade cards and box of
£10 engravings ;)

Friday, June 03, 2016

Forthcoming Events, Part 1

Exhibition season is well under way now and I delivered a groups of framed and unframed engravings to the lovely Melford Hall, a National Trust Property in Suffolk:

Details are on the website  and here:

As you see, there will be demonstrations and I will be there with my engraving kit on Sunday 19th June between 2 - 4pm. I would be very pleased to show you how it all works.

I know I have not been posting much but I hope to remedy that very soon with more events, a review of recent books featuring my engravings and a peek at my newly remodelled studio.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair, March 5th-6th 2016

One of  my favourite events of last year was the Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair and I am very pleased to announce that I will be there again this year. The fair takes place in the Calder, a large, spacious, old industrial building on the same site the wonderful Hepworth Gallery itself.

I will be bringing a large selection of my wood engravings and some handmade books. I always make sure that I have some low-priced, affordable engravings on the table.

As usual, I will be working during the weekend. This year I will be working on an image that features the gallery building as well as.... but that would be telling ;)

 This event will see the first appearance of much new work. 2015 was a very busy year for me and I'm looking forwards to showing off the new things. Here are some details from engravings which will be on show for the first time:


One of the most exciting parts of 2015 was when Royal Mail issued  a miniature sheet of stamps featuring my hand coloured engravings of honey bees:

I will be showing some hand coloured engravings printed from the original woodblocks that were used for the stamps. This is the first time that these will be available. Here are a couple of examples:

The Print Fair is open on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March from 10am - 5pm. Admission is free!
Further details are available here:

Do come along and say hello; its always great to meet people who have seen my work on my website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.