Who are you?
What type of artist are you?
I am a sculptor producing animalier, human figures & portraits which I then cast into bronze.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
I studied at Gt. Yarmouth Collage of Art & Design , Foundation Course, when I was 17 & graduated in 1975 at Leicester Polytechnic with an Honours Degree in Sculpture . I then worked for 15 years at the British Museum (Natural History) in the Modelmaking-Taxidermy department rising to Head of Department . On leaving the museum I then pursued a career in the film industry sculpting life-sized puppets of animals on such films as Babe & 101 Dalmatians. I have always managed to produce my own sculpture in tandem with the day job.
Can you describe your creative process?
I construct a flexible skeletal armature & then build up on that with clay. I spend more time looking at reference & measuring than sculpting though.
What or who inspires you?
David Attenborough & the natural world are always inspiring. I don’t really look at much sculpture but rate Ralph Brown, Giacomo Manzu & Rodin. Painters such as Leucien Freud, Goya & Ray Harris-Ching are more of an influence on my work.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
Finalising a project in bronze as that’s the first time any project is fully realised.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
Too small & cluttered!
What keeps you going whilst you work?
Music, radio & a nice Scotch
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
A collection of small to medium sized bronzes of which most are British birds.
Where are you exhibiting?
Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club
Why did you want to take part in the trail?
It’s an exciting opportunity to show work outside the formal structure of an art gallery.
What are your artistic ambitions?
To keep making sculpture that stimulates me.