I am a calligrapher and digital artist with a B.F.A. in Printmaking and an M.F.A. in Intermedia (Digital Art).
The majority of my calligraphy work is in the form of Illuminated Manuscripts incorporating calligraphy, painting and gilding using medieval-style materials and techniques.
This includes grinding my own pigments from Lapis Lazuli, Malachite and Azurite and using commercially available dry pigments with traditional egg tempera painting. My preferred support material is genuine vellum although some of my commissioned work is on hot-pressed watercolour paper.
I use a variety of gilding techniques including shell gold, patent and raised gesso gilding with gold, platinum and silver leaf. My article on “Raised Gesso Gilding” is available at Natural Pigments (originally published in the Sacred Art Journal, Volume 13 Number 3 September 1992, pages 113-119.)
I have taught calligraphy, illuminating and painting for about 10 years through community colleges, artist workshops and have lectured on the materials and techniques of illuminated manuscripts.