My career journey began with a Batchelor of Arts Degree in three-dimensional design which established a solid grounding in the technical skills of drawing and design.
My training advanced an already innate understanding of the inherent characteristics and nature of wood and how natural materials respond.
However, discovering wood sculpture made those skills truly come to life.
It was at the very start of my wood sculpting journey at The Green Wood Trust in Shropshire, when I was a young graduate developing my knowledge and technique, that I learned to embrace the joys and the advantages of working ‘green’ or unseasoned timber; when wood is wet it sustains a sense of energy.
Equally, the process of timber drying is captivating; I don’t battle with it, I find what each piece of wood desires to do.
I set up my first studio in Ironbridge and became a full time bowl-turner at The Green Wood Trust in 1989. Following a move to Ludlow, I began oak carving, inspired by the medieval architecture of the town and in particular by St Laurence’s Church 15th century misericords.
Misericords are the tip-up seats with scenes carved underneath, found in many church and cathedral choir stalls.
After the great fire at Windsor Castle, I joined a team of master carvers and was a key figure in the restoration of the Castle.
My work evolved with an abstract approach.
The origin of my sculpture is a quiet place: the woods, the studio and the response. The outcome is quiet too and doesn’t shout for space and clamour to be seen.
I believe that trees become ‘charged’ over time by their natural environment. Charged by their location, by their longevity and by natural events.
Wood reaches it’s greatest potential when the will and workmanship of the artist celebrates in harmony with the material.
I am available for commissions of any scale. I am based in Shropshire; however, I am not tied to the studio and would be very happy to travel and work on larger sculptures on site if required. Please feel free to get in touch.