Mark’s inspiration for each piece of work comes from the effects of light in the landscape. He works from photographs taken on his walks along the coast and through the valleys of West Cumbria. Each piece of art is a record in time of a specific place, which at the moment he captures it will show an unusual or memorable effect of light and colour.
Mark prefers to print with Lino using the reduction method. There is a lot of incredibly careful planning before Mark begins a print. He starts by drawing a sketch, carefully arranging the colour as a series of colours overlapping each other, starting with the palest. All the colours needed are printed from a single block. The blocks surface is reduced to a few splinters by the final colour so no more prints can ever be taken.
Mark’s love of printmaking began when he trained at Carlisle College of Art before progressing to Norwich School of Art. He had a successful career as a graphic designer in London but moved back to Cumbria in 2006. His prints are shown in galleries throughout the UK and are sold worldwide.