My tastes and influences are eclectic; but here are links to artists whose work I really admire:
- Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock artists,
such as Hokusai and Hiroshige. These are perhaps the better known woodblock printers; but I admire the work of many more. I wrote my degree dissertations on the Japanese woodblock artists; and I
think they taught me more about composition than I ever learned in my more traditional European art studies.
- I love the collage and mixed-media of Malerie Marita Tobner. I like to work with collage, paint and printmaking in my own work; and
Marita Tobner's imagery is really fascinating with seamless transitions from one medium to another. I also really enjoy her use of pattern, mark and colour.
- I am completely in love with the work of Norman Gilbert. There's something really wonderful about his use of colour and his composition. He is a real inspiration.
- I've always enjoyed David Hockney's work; especially his later more recent works.
- My good friend and dedicated textile artist, Jane Charles (aka 'Smallbeans'), who doesn't realise it, but by her very presence
encourages me and other makers to carry on creating. Her community textile work is inspiring and her own work reflects her amazing sense of colour, originality and ingenuity.