In lithography I found the use of mutually repellent substances – oil and water – provided a perfect opportunity to explore what happens when opposites meet. And, because the image is built up in layers during the process, I wanted to push the business of building up those layers to the extreme. By manipulating the effects of light, colour, mark and composition, and combining them in various ways, I created a series of images that shared elements and yet were often unique.
Initially during my Fellowship in Stone Lithography I drew on the Dorset landscape close to my home for inspiration, but the more I worked with the stones I found myself ever more attached to one particular stone and turned my attention to creating work solely about that stone. The lithograph entitled 'Patina' is one of my earlier versions on this theme.