Last year was one of contrasts, a good beginning with four prints inspired by Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, which gained me entry to the Cambridge Drawing Society in their Spring Exhibition, followed by a bout of ill health which was a distraction and unsettling process that limited printmaking for several months. I finally managed to get myself back into the studio in time to complete a couple of prints for the Autumn CDS show at the Leys School Cambridge. The Mozart prints made extensive use of collage along with linocuts and this has been developed in recent work. The subject of this work is a departure for me, no music or words to be inspired by, but the town I have lived in for over forty years, Saffron Walden. I have embarked on a series of personal views of parts of the town, with a title for the group of Home Ground. So far I have completed two and the third is well under way. I have ideas for several more and I am hopeful that 2020 will see an exhibition of a substantial group.
This print, of the entry to Bridge End Gardens, has been selected by CDS for their poster for the Spring 2020 Exhibition in the Pitt Building, Cambridge, in March.