To the sea

'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 is inspired by the landscape around him - particularly specimen trees

Richard draws directly on to a piece of lino-like material.  He then carves away everything but the image, using fine woodcutting tools.  Each tree takes weeks to finish.

Richard then rolls ink on to the carved plate, 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.