John Heywood

“I have been a member of Edinburgh Printmakers since the mid-80s and worked almost exclusively in Etching. We used traditional methods for a number of years before progressing to safe etching techniques 15 or so years ago. My work has been influenced by this process and I have moved from drawing directly onto the plate to currently using a combination of photo etching and drawing through a ground. I am currently interested in drawing directly from life and then converting this into an etching via the photec process.

My work has always been drawing based. I like to capture an atmosphere in the image and re-create a time of day or a moment in time. This helps the viewer connect with the work and makes for a shared experience. A work which has always stuck in my mind was a small oil painting by Corot of a farmer driving some cows from a field in the early morning; I think it was called “early morning”. He simply managed to capture a moment in time some 150 years ago and you are there with him. That is what I aspire to in my work.

I gained a BA hons degree at Lancaster University in the mid 70’s where I developed my lifelong interest in Fine art. I moved to Edinburgh in 1979 and discovered the Edinburgh Printmakers from where I established myself as an  artist/printmaker. I have had the opportunity to explore other mediums but have so far always returned to Etching as a favoured means of expressing ideas about landscape and the urban environment.”