At school I copied peoples handwriting...
Perfect training for what was to come.
My decision to become a calligrapher began with intensive study of Medieval manuscripts and many years developing scripts. The move to Lincoln in 1993 and my immediate acceptance at pre HHG provided an ideal showcase for my style to evolve.
I use all kind of pens, nibs, inks, paints, handmade papers etc., but most exciting and challenging of all is creating work on vellum (calfskin) combined with the centuries old technique of raised gold.
From a technical point of view I relish the challenge in combining script and image, using a workable balance between the discipline required for gilding and realism, together with the spontaneity of freehand lettering. Inspiration comes from song lyrics, poetry, quotations etc., and I have created all manner of work for Cathedrals, churches, restaurants, schools, galleries, shops, corporate display, Weddings and numerous private commissions.
At Loughborough University I gained a B.A. Hons. Degree in Printed Textile Design, followed by a freelance spell selling fabric/wallpaper designs to ICI/Debenhams and Textile Trade Fairs.
Several years were spent creating bespoke Wedding Stationery and thousands of greetings cards for Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
I am the only founder artist still a member of HHG, and my work is on display in the form of hand painted greetings cards, gilded initials, lettered canvases and more.
Commissons are welcome, and you can find out more about my work at
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