Inklings Calligraphy


If you would like to see my work then please click on the above brown menu bar to go into the picture galleries. If you would like to know more about some of the inspirations behind the work, then read on!

Influences and Inspirations

I am interested in both traditional historical forms of calligraphy as well as expressive, experimental, painterly approaches. I enjoy pushing my own boundaries and working with combinations of elements that I intuitively like as well as dislike, which can lead to many interesting discoveries! There are many great calligraphers and letter artists I admire - Denis Brown, Thomas Ingmire, Brody Neuenschwander, John Stevens, Donald Jackson, Dick Beasley, Martin Jackson, Julian Waters, Suzanne Moore, Graham Macarthur and Adolf Bernd to name but a few.

Visually inspired by John William Waterhouse, the Pre-Raphaelite painters, William Morris and the Art and Crafts movement, Botticelli, the Belgian Symbolists; book illustrators Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Alan Lee and John Howe; Art Nouveau, Egyptian antiquities, trompe l'oeil and mural painting, all things Celtic and Arthurian; gothic/medieval period - art, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and sculpture; occasionally I am waylaid by the baroque!

Decorative backgrounds are an area I always enjoy exploring, utilising paste paper, washes, plaka, layering, marbling, hand made paper, alcohol inks, walnut inks and pearlescent/metallic powders. Collage, mixed media and image transfer techniques are my current arena of experimentation.

I like wordplay, subtext, mythology, symbolism, the sacred, esoteric and arcane, lateral thinking, critical thinking, subversion, absurd humour, layers, insight and flow. Inspired by the spell of ink and pen, great calligraphy, art and words, and passionate about the craft of letter art, my aim is to capture the quintessence of my subject matter in letterform, design and colour.