I have been a calligrapher since 2007, working through a combination of exhibitions, events and commissions.
Prior to that, while in other employment, I undertook a variety of calligraphy courses with North Warwickshire College, the Open College of the Arts and University of Surrey at Roehampton. I am a member of the Fine Press Book Association and a member of Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen (having been Secretary for several years).
My own interests in art, architecture, history and literature have provided material and stimulus for work in exhibitions. The first example of this was producing work to complement an exhibition of Bernard Leach and other potters. As a studio pottery fan myself, I am pleased that Clive Bowen, Joe Finch and Phil Rogers all have pottery-related pieces. James Hazlewood, Editor of the updated British Studio Potters' Marks, also owns work.
Authors who have work themselves or have commissioned work are architectural historian Malcolm Airs, writers on the Arts and Crafts, Mary Greensted and Barley Roscoe and biographer Michael Bloch.
Subsequent early exhibitions included John Betjeman at Cowcross Gallery, London in 2008, Bedford Park in London in 2009, Gavin Maxwell at Bright Water Centre on Skye in 2010 and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in 2011.
I have since been involved in a range of events that have included Art in Action, ABA Rare Book Fair, Bovey Tracey Craft Fair, UK Fine Press Fair, Works on Paper Art Fair and York National Book Fair.
Gavin Maxwell Museum, Skye; John Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge; Marlborough College, Oxford Preservation Trust and Rycote Chapel, Thame all have work. Two Shakespeare-related pieces, one bought by, and one commissioned by, an American collector, Neale Albert, have been gifted by him to the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, following exhibitions in New York. A one-off piece of work, Bob Dylan: Early Lyrics was bought by an American bookseller, Rob Rulon-Miller, in order to gift it to the new Bob Dylan Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I have enjoyed demonstrating and/or running workshops for the likes of Churches Conservation Trust, Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden and Landmark Trust. My work has been featured in Cambridge News, Cotswold Life, Country Life, Oxfordshire Life, Oxford Times, The Times, Warwickshire Life, The Betjemanian (a publication of the Betjeman Society) and on BBC Radio.
Commissions, both formal (as illustrated here) and ‘informal’ are welcome.