The designs I undertake to create can be inspired by places that I have visited or stories which I have experienced in the past or heard in the present. Many of my creative inspirations however come from doodling with different shapes that I have observed in the natural world of living plants, tree’s, animal creations, rivers and stone/rock formations which are all around us and constantly changing.
I draw my new design onto a pre-cut sized panel of polypropylene. I use a hand held engraver to cut the depth and width required. The next stage is to soft press the image in a hand press followed by antiquing in a mild bath of patina and washing off before burnishing the metal with my own batch of silica wax. The end stage is to give the front of the panel a thin coat of clear lacquer, when dry place in a double mount and finally bag or frame the picture.
Throughout my life I have been influenced by people both in the past and present; however my late father never knew how his creative style of working and telling of stories had opened my mind to the ancient Irish Celts & Gaelic Scots.
The pictures that I create in copper and pewter today have choice of flowers similar to that used by the late Margaret (McDonald) Mackintosh wife of C.R. Mackintosh. (My favourite flower is the Scottish Thistle the heart of Scotland)