Chris lives and works on the Suffolk bank of the river Waveney in the middle of East Anglia. With a mixed history of creative endeavour, he started out studying Ceramics and then became seduced by textiles, particularly tapestry Weaving.
Since 1997 Chris has been working in an environment where the focus is on helping other people to use their own creative abilities and in the course of this has found a particular satisfaction in the craft of woodcut printmaking as a means of expression.
The inspiration for his work is drawn from the natural world, particularly, though not exclusively, in East Anglia using both traditional European and Oriental techniques, adapting them as appropriate to the subject matter.
Most of Chris's woodcuts are hand pulled from an adapted etching press, using oil based relief inks on Zerkal paper. Other pieces are hand printed with a baren, using water based inks on a variety of Japanese papers.
Using a reduction method on two to three plates to produce an edition of ten to fifteen copies of each print, Chris is happy to allow variations between prints and will sometimes deliberately promote this. The reduction method (which involves the progressive cutting away of the plates) ensures that no further impressions can be taken from that particular set of plates and the prints are numbered accordingly.