From my first introduction to print I was truly inspired. The ritual associated with plate making and using a ground (the protective layer on a printing plate that is scored to allow acid to penetrate the exposed plate) always fascinated me. Etching allowed me to really investigate and experiment with mark making and textures. When you are taking the ground away using a sharp point to reveal the metal underneath you can build complex and fascinating images and grooves, which when inked and run through an etching press produce unique effects.
The pieces are somewhat sculptural and made purposely large. The prints carry an inference to working the land. Many of images refer to aspects of this work, the hands and veins, the leaves, the marks and scars on the landscape. These are all associated with our interaction with landscape, much as the footprints we leave behind when we walk.