Richard Shimmel

'To the sea' by Richard Shimmel on exhibition at Sexton's Cottage, Devon

Richard Shimmel lives in a wooded valley in the Dartmoor National Park between Widecombe and Ashburton and takes his inspiration from the landscape around him

Richard creates prints of specimen trees and landscapes, first of all by drawing his design directly on to a piece of lino-like material.  He then carves away everything but the image, using fine woodcutting tools - it takes weeks to do this.

The ink is then rolled on to the carved plate and Richard puts heavy paper on top and passes it through the press. He often makes another plate to print a background sky colour, printing the tree plate on top.

Richard prints limited editions in which each print is made by hand.