Graphic designer, printmaker, painter, gardener, gamer, maker of boiled dinner. Living in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with my wife and two cats.
Why do you like to print?
I spent many years working in commercial printing plants; I think I got hooked on the smell of ink.
What is your favorite print medium and why?
Linocuts have always been my passion. I like the evolution of the image from sketch to marker detail to cutting; the end result is often a bit of a surprise.
How long have you been printing and how has your work evolved?
I started about 10 years ago. Initially I was just curious about it and enjoyed learning something new (I’m easily distracted by shiny things) but after a few years of dabbling, I started taking it more seriously. My early efforts were very small prints with very few cuts. These days I like working on large, complex pieces. The cutting process gets a little maddening but the end result can be very satisfying.
What inspires you?
Writers, musicians, and artists inspire me regularly. I often pick up my collection of Lynd Ward’s wordless novels. His woodcuts are inspiring.
How do your promote your work?
I sell my prints and paintings on Etsy (of course). I started a blog in 2008 to point people to my shop, but the blog has become much more than a marketing tool. It has helped connect me with like-minded people all over the world. My blog feeds to my Facebook profile so friends and family are always in the loop with my recent work. I also post links on Twitter. Social media is great but it can consume an immense amount of time so I have to be careful. A few times a year I’ll buy an Etsy showcase.
Are you working on any particular projects now?
I have a few linos on the back burner but lately I’ve been taking a break from printing to develop my painting skills. I’ve wanted to try my hand at screen-printing for while… that might happen this year.
Tell us one random fact about yourself
I spent decades obsessing over technology but now I’m an aspiring Luddite.