est. 1965

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I was born and brought up in rural Monmouthshire, went to the village school and King Henry’s in Abergavenny, where I was taught lino cutting by the marvellous Huw Davies, before studying geography in Durham. There I met my wife, Issy. After university I worked in Malawi, teaching in one of the their state secondary schools. For the next 35 years I channeled my creativity into teaching, 20 of which were in senior management, including 13 as head of Cardinal Newman Comprehensive in Pontypridd. A pivotal moment was a visit to the National Museum to see the David Jones exhibition in 1982. From then I immersed myself in the work of the mid-20th Century engravers especially Gibbings, Gill, Jones, Ravillious, the marvelous Gregynog Press engravers, and the prints of John Minton. I managed occasional painting, wood engraving, lino cutting and letter cutting until my career was brought short by severe heart failure and a cardiac arrest. Fortunate to survive, I resolved to make pictures for my children of a number of places I loved. With four children print making was the obvious way forward. Drawing out an image on lino and the physical effort of cutting, inking and printing the block always pleases me, and then comes the excitement of peeling back the paper to reveal the image is always exciting: this is pure pleasure.
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