An early influence was a Scottish Arts Council exhibition of prints by Albrecht Durer. That show in the mid 1980's gave him the notion to take up etching. As Gavin spent much of his working life in the countryside it was not surprising that he was to set aside monochrome etchings for colourful images drawn from nature. Presently his practice is based on stone lithography with screen printing for detail. Having a strong interest in woodlands many of his images are drawn from that environment.