It began with photography. I took my first photograph when I was about 17 and haven’t stopped clicking the shutter since. Now, some 45 years after my first pictures, I have wholeheartedly adopted digital imaging and complex photo manipulation. I often combine scanned images from my own archive with other found images from photo libraries, postcards and old magazines. I do this both digitally and physically before further manipulating and distorting them.
I have just begun working in more traditional media, including painting and collage, monoprinting, collagraphs and linocut. I find that the mental ‘shifting of gears’ involved in moving between them refreshes my creativity, with ideas from one informing my work in the others. I am now trying to reintegrate these different areas of work, sometimes by modifying the digital image to create unique pieces, or by introducing digital elements into otherwise ‘conventional’ work.