In 1996 Chris Bacon who had been running the press room at Cherryburn, set up the Bewick Studio in the old cooperative buildings, Mickley Square. I was fascinated by the presses so I went in to ask if he needed any help. In fact Chris actually helped me instead. He taught me to make my first etching. Its a tree you will see as you drive down Station Bank in Mickley Square if you are on the way to Cherryburn. Once you reach the left turn to South View where I used to live, look into the field on your right. The tree has since lost part of its limbs.
Rather than continue with etching at that time I enrolled on the HNC in Photography at Newcastle college and graduated in 1998. I photographed my first wedding while still at college and have been a professional photographer since then. Still fascinated by trees and copper plate etching and printing I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer as a printer in the press room at Cherryburn in 2013.