I developed my illustrations and experimental imagery by way of ink years ago. I started to use black ink on my works by developing a very simple gestural brush style. I would repeat marks, gestures and strokes over and over again until I got a piece I really felt had grace, elegance and strong visual impact. I have loved Japanese-Chinese art and have admired its brush-marking style. The very quick and strong black stroke-like marks on paper are incredibly attractive. I tried to imitate a sort of painterly elegance in my work and began to develop a personal style of working with ink on paper.
That later developed into a much more ‘water-like’ style with the use of black pigmented ink. I started to use my fingers in the process. I developed a method of working with what is called a ‘thrown ink’ style. It consisted of throwing a small quantity of clean or tinted water on a very slick cardboard white paper that could hold the water on the surface for a while and not bleed into the paper material. I would introduce some very concentrated black pigmented ink and spread it out with my fingers on the surface following an image that I had repeated already quite a few times, and then finish off the image with a Chinese brush. I continued to develop my imagery with it for my illustrations. I would develop an image and then choose the best one from a whole bunch of them that I had repeated.