I use a variety of paintable textured materials to create the initial print block. This includes grout, pva glue, plaster and acrylic mediums. Initially I draw, paint and photograph a chosen location. The site is scrutinised and absorbed at different times of the day and year. When ready to develop the scene into a print I often paint textures directly onto the block using lots of reversed sketches and photos as reference. At this stage I do not have a final image in mind but let the idea develop as the block is test printed and re-worked, which often happens many times. I find this allows the different experiences and feelings I have had at the locations to come to the surface. Although all of my images originate from a specific location they are not architecturally accurate. The idea and composition are the most important factors which means I often manipulate elements, changing size or even adding and deleting geographical details to suit the concept.