This painting celebrates the diversity and beauty of British wildlife - all creatures great and small - from the mighty killer whale to the humble stickleback.
The quote "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" is a quote from Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida'. Like The Bard, I too was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the heart of England. The universal truths he reveals in his plays refer to not just people, politics and relationships, but a love and respect for the natural world, too.
This painting is made using the drypoint method, an intaglio printmaking technique a bit like etching. I incise an image by hand into a polypropylene sheet. Only a small number of images can be printed by hand from this, in this case there were 12, each everso slightly different. Each one is then tinted by hand with watercolour, again creating more slight variations.
Drypoint and watercolour on 300 gsm heavy duty fine art paper