Favorite material to work with?

My favorite materials to work with are ink

and paper, I realize the question is specific

about ‘material’ as in one but i see these two

for me linked in a ying yang embrace so I

count them as one entity. I like paper that

does not necessarily come from an art shop,

i appreciate found papers that have foxing

or an aged character or old book pages

from ruined books (i never damage a book

that is in good condition i am a bibliophile

and such an action would be anathema to

me) I glue these together and make larger

sheets to draw on. If art media and

materials were an organic beast then i

believe ‘ink’ would be its life blood. I could

easily spend my entire life learning about

the methods and diversity of this amazing

liquid. I like it in its rawest form having to

dip my implement such as a brush or nib pen

into it and using it as thus. The brush loaded

with ink offers a sensual rich dripping line

while the pen a nervy fragile delicate one.

Pure Indian ink and Sumi ink are my


What themes do you pursue?

I tend to splinter when faced with this

question, for in the end to limit oneself to

one or two or three themes is to ‘limit’

oneself. I realize in the art world as such this

can cause confused reaction as to the merits

of an artists search or journey, I think this is

an old notion and will die out, I feel the

world around has become more and more

faceted and fractured in its natural and

subliminal recoiling from a mass marketed

passively hostile generification of everything

in the commercial, social and artistic domain.

I do work in small segments or series at

times but over all if i was having to label and

be forced to pigeon hole my work I would

have to say it deals with “melancholia” and

its associated conditions, such as beauty,

nostalgia and spiritual confusion.