Sitting somewhere between a graphic designer and an artist, I usually describe myself as a graphic artist. Having studied both graphic design and fine art, it always seemed like the best description!
Despite having learnt to paint in the traditional way, with tuition from the late artist, Robert Lenkiewicz, my paintings always ended up having a graphical look about them - I just couldn't get away from it! Some of my influences also happen to be from a graphical leaning artists, such as Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, Paul Insect and Victor Vasarely (also, Juan Sly, for his humourous spray-paintings). My influences can include anything from illustrations on packages, such as food cartons and wrapping etc, to book cover designs. And also from other artists' art. Often, I deal with patterns and colours, particularly repeated patterns.
My prints often begin life from something simple such as a cutting from a magazine or a photograph or drawing of something, such as a square or some lines, for example. With this sample, I then usually (but not always) use a computer to create something. Despite often using a computer to create many of my artworks, the end goal is always an old-fashioned paper print! Whatever type of piece I am creating, the entire process is geared towards having a product on paper.