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What follows are a series of short texts which describe how and why I draw, the texts are illustrated by examples of my work.

Drawing is of vital importance to the development of my art and I draw in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. Most of my works originate from elements of landscape and the natural environment; the nature of the stimulus informs the method of making. I make studies of what objects and places look like and am particularly interested in recording aspects to do with scale, space and geological features. I use a variety of black and white/monochrome media, colour is a distraction.



Landmarks
230 x 160 cms
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper






I often return to places after periods of time when weather might have had an effect upon the visual appearance of surfaces noting any changes; ideas for future work.



Mounds
112 X 80 cms
White Gloss Paint, Soot and Dry Cold Water on Paper









I made studies of piles of materials gathered by the wind, plies of leaves, vine cuttings, litter, fallen twigs, small bits of cut timber. The overall shape of the piles changed over time after weather had an erosive and corrosive effect upon its initial shape and form.



Early Morning Birds over Crops
86 x 70 cms
Graphite and Chinagraph on Paper









I use the sounds of the natural environment to influence the making of a drawing. I made a drawing of a flock of birds flying away from the sound of me making a drawing of them.




Pennies from Heaven
136 x 102 cms
Ink on Paper









I wanted the sound of rain to influence the making of a drawing, so I worked dripping ink onto paper whilst up a ladder. The bigger the marks needed to be, the higher I needed to climb. The lines below the spots of ink were slowly drawn by hand; a total contrast in terms of making.


Detail of Pennies from Heaven



Landmarks in B
130 x 100 cms
Pencil on Paper








I also wanted to use the sound of the wind to help make a drawing. I used a continuous line, making the line lighter or dark, quiet or loud depending upon how I wanted the line to appear.

There are areas of land around where I live that have been physically divided into segments (mainly for the growing of vines), which had to involve some form of systematic method of measurement in order to achieve their geometric/mechanical design of layout. This is a method of composing, of planning and organizing which I have used in some of my drawings, where geometry and "systems" play a role.

Corintha Hotel Lobby, London






Landmarks Knot Revisited
133 x 133 cms
Charcoal and Pastel on Paper












Threads
Chinagraph on Paper
58 x 58 cms
Drawings from fabric, the warp and the weft.








Landmarks Sequel
130 x 75 cms
Pen on Paper



The changing shape of the horizon line as I walked towards it. An ideal opportunity to use my new flexible curve.