Calligraphy involves the love of different scripts,
textures, colours, writing tools, and diverse forms
of layout and design.
I enjoy writing in a variety of lettering styles,
from playful to classical, and I love experimenting
with different styles.
a calligrapher, it is important to me to convey
the meaning of a text by designing just the right
letters and then executing them, whether with a
brush, a broad-edged nib, a ruling pen, or an automatic
pen. This can also include creating texture through
the text chosen, the writing materials used, or
through background colours and patterns of colour.
Lettering can have a vast range of applications,
from writing out a piece of poetry or prose, to
designing a manuscript book with illustrations,
to producing a formal document with gilding.
was fortunate to study with some world-class teachers,
both here in North America and in the U.K. From
1994-1997, I studied calligraphy full-time at the
Roehampton Institute in London, England, under Gaynor
Goffe, Tom Perkins, Gerald Fleuss, Ewan Clayton
and others. In the U.S., I participated in workshops
with Thomas Ingmire.
of all, for me it is important to enjoy the process
of writing, looking at and imaginatively responding
to lettering, and experimenting with lettering in
every conceivable way.