Rod, who lives near Nailsworth in South Gloucestershire, has sketched and drawn most of his life. He is a self-taught printmaker who takes inspiration from many different sources – from nature, from landscape, from other artists and printmakers and even from the art and craft of just making prints for their own sake.
The artist who has had the greatest influence on his work was the maverick Japanese woodblock artist, Shiko Munakata whose work has a great sense of freedom, and respect for beauty and decoration. However, he has also drawn inspiration from other artists working in this medium in Europe and Japan.
Rod’s work has been shown in London, Bristol, Shanghai, Kunming and in Germany and Holland. His work was recently selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London where it was a sell out. Subsequently, he was selected by Norman Ackroyd RA to be one of five printmakers invited to present work at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, Yorkshire. Rod’s work can also be seen at the Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham and the Coldharbour Gallery in Bristol. As well as teaching at the RWA, Rod teaches at the internationally renowned college of arts and crafts at West Dean in W. Sussex, in Leiden in Holland, in Stavanger, Norway, at the Salcombe Art Club and the Pegasus Art Shop near his home in Stroud. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman RE) of the book ‘Making Woodblock Prints’ published by Crowood Press.