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About Jonathan

I am a linocut printmaker. My prints are often inspired by the environment and nature, and sometimes by medieval architecture. I am passionate about conservation and rewilding.

I studied a Fine Art foundation course at Somerset College of Arts and Technology in 1979 and went on to gain a BA Honours degree in Fine Art at Wolverhampton University, graduating in 1982.

I returned to the West Country, with my wife and children in 2001 and am currently living and working in Devon.

All my prints are hand-made. I often use the reduction method for my colour prints, cutting away more lino, from a single block, for each successive colour. I find lino an exciting medium, each cut is a commitment; the anticipation builds as each layer is revealed. Making my prints by hand creates slight variations, so every print is unique. I only sell original prints and will never make giclée copies. I enjoy using local 'Somerset' printmaking paper from St. Cuthbert's Mill.

When I am not printing, I enjoy growing vegetables in our very small garden.

I support the World Land Trust, a charity that purchases important habitat around the world. I donate ten percent of the sale price of my prints toward purchasing and protecting land. It's a well established charity with a great record of funding important new nature reserves. They employ local people to protect the land.

I am neurodivergent. If you follow me on social media you may see that I regularly support campaigns for the acceptance of autistic people and genuine support for their needs.

Since the start of the pandemic, I no longer provide linocut printmaking tuition or workshops, although I am happy to offer advice if you contact me.

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