21 Bobbin Way, Belper DE56 0GX
It is hard to categorise the medium my architectural and landscape images are depicted in, they feature local Derbyshire views and landmarks and are put together from hand drawn elements and textures in a digital format. Having worked as a graphic designer for nearly 30 years and working in programs such as Photoshop, working on a computer seems as natural to me as the work I produce in more traditional drawing and painting mediums. Working in this way offers a range of techniques not possible with other methods. The images start with textures and colours taken from the immediate environment the subject is set in, hand draw elements are scanned in and overlaid, digital paint brushes can be made from small parts of the photographic image which allow colours and textures to be painted which are impossible in any other way. A typical image would have 20 to 30 painted layers, all of which can be mixed in a variety of ways with the layers beneath or repainted at a later stage in the process. My inspiration comes from my local surroundings in Belper, a town with a wealth of historical interest, as well as views in other Derbyshire towns. I try to reflect the stories behind these buildings and the ongoing life and struggles they face with the rich colours and textures I use.