As long as I can remember I have been interested in crafts of one sort or another. My late parents were both artistic my father enjoyed any form of woodwork especially marquetry my mother did both hand writing and creative writing although her love became painting, at first watercolour, then acrylics and later on to oils which became her favourite, so I suppose my attraction to calligraphy and illustration stems from her.
Over the years my hobbies have included pen and ink drawings, quilling, parchment work and card making to mention just a few, each quite enjoyable with a sense of achievement at the end result but they were not lasting. Looking back I suppose I was searching for that something ‘extra’ that other hobbies did not give me, total absorption and enthusiasm for what I was doing.
I enroled for a calligraphy course being advertised at the Rotherham College of Art and Technology as I have always enjoyed hand writing but dissapointment followed as the course was terminated due to the low number of students at that time.
Having seen the WEA (Workers Educational Association) were advertising calligraphy courses to which I enrolled and soon became totally engrossed wanting to learn anything and everything that was calligraphy related. From the basic letter forms of all the main calligraphic hands which are the foundation of calligraphy to a more modern approach incorporating art and craft. I had found that something ‘extra’ combining my love of writing and watercolour painting.
Later, on becoming a tutor to the WEA I was able to create and promote an interest in ‘The Art of Beautiful Writing’. Calligraphy is my passion not only the work of medieval scribes their scripts and illumination are truly inspirational but also to modern lettering and the many different techniques in use today.
I am currently running a 'Calligraphy for Beginners' course at Tankersley in Barnsley and hope to pass all my enthusiasm to everyone and get them just as hooked as I am on this beautiful art. Whether you would like to learn calligraphy or simply improve your everyday writing it is never too late to start.
Commissions are variable from favourite poems and songs to inscriptions and wedding certificates with illumination ranging from filigree artwork to floral and donkeys. Everyone appreciates a gift made especially for them and with hand lettering and complimenary illumination that 'special something' is created and becomes a unique gift to be treasured always.
This website has been created to give you the opportunity to view samples of my work available for sale, either as framed original work from which no copies have been made, or as framed prints all hand signed.
Please e-mail me with your requirements, stating any special requests that you may have and I will be pleased to send you a quotation.