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I'm a part-time Christian minister and printmaker who finds inspiration in the beauty of God's creation and the built environment. Welcome to my website!

 

I love using the dark field monotype printmaking technique and a high contrast, monochrome palette to make prints featuring bold textures and tones. In many ways the process is just like painting - except I work in ink, in reverse and I never really know what I'm going to get until the paper comes through the press. You only get one go with monotypes and so every print is a one-off original.

See my most recent works here, watch my process videos in my blog and check out the wide range of prints I have for sale in my shop.

 

Enjoy!

Just Chillin' #4

My Art Story

Although art was always my best subject at school my love for it only developed years later. My initial interest lay in sketching and watercolour painting but I got hooked on printmaking very shortly after moving from Belfast to Sydney in 2001. Over the next five years I explored the art of etching and aquatint before the art of parenting took over. Thirteen years later, I explored ways to do printmaking more easily at home and re-discovered the simplicity of the monotype process. I have since acquired a Blick press and converted the family laundry into a mini studio. I enjoy working four days a week as a Christian minister and making prints whilst doing the washing!

My Work

My early prints are nearly all etchings and aquatints. Most of my works now are monotypes although I do occasionally explore drypoint, carborundum and collagraph. I usually get my inspiration from the beauty I see around me, whether it be in nature or in the built environment. Very often this happens when I'm on holiday and go image-hunting with my trusty camera. Recently, though, I've been doing more exploration of urban and coastal scenes in and around Sydney. The images I like to track down usually feature a dramatic interplay of light and shade. For this reason I love that 'magic hour' of the day when the evening light is fading and shapes become more like silhouettes. I also love the stark shadows cast by street lamps at night. 

Awards

  • Ewart Art Prize 2022, 1st prize in printmaking

  • Northern Sydney Institute of Arts & Media, 2005, Acquisition

  • Willoughby City Art Prize, 2004, Finalist

  • The Prize: TAFE NSW Arts & Design, 2004, Commendation

  • Northern Ireland Construction Industry, Schools Art Competition 1975, 1st prize

Exhibitions

  • In the Buff Exhibition, Willoughby Arts Centre, Feb, 2023 

  • The Other Art Fair, The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Dec, 2022

  • Ewart Prize 2022, Willoughby Arts Centre, May/Jun, 2022

  • Cornucopia Exhibition, Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, Feb/Mar, 2021

  • Green Dream Exhibition, Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, May, 2020

  • Light and Shade Exhibition, Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, Nov/Dec, 2019

  • Art for All Exhibition, St Swithun's Church, Nov, 2018

  • Force of Nature Exhibition, Northside Printmakers, Palm House Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Sep, 2005

  • Arts North Acquisitive Exhibition, See Street Gallery, Sydney, Mar/Apr, 2005

  • The Prize: 2004, Sydney, Gosford, Lismore, Cooma, Albury, Broken Hill, Armidale, Nov 2004 - Oct 2005

  • Shades of Gray Exhibition, Nigel Gray, Apr 2004

  • A Night of Passion Exhibition, Nigel Gray, St Luke's Church, Hornsby Heights, Nov 2004

  • Sydney Gallery School Printmaking Majors Exhibition, Hardware Fine Art, St Leonards, Oct/Nov, 2004

  • Willoughby City Art Prize & Exhibition, Willoughby Civic Centre, Sep, 2004

  • Works on Paper, Nigel Gray and Maise Cameron, Hornsby Heights, Dec, 2003

  • Exhibition 2003, TAFE, Hornsby, Dec, 2003

  • Miniatures Competition, TAFE, Hornsby, Jun, 2003

  • Infraspect Exhibition, TAFE, Hornsby, Nov/Dec, 2002

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