I like to be inspired by a narrative which mirrors or tells a story of an everyday moment in life. I am searching for a sense of deeper meaning within human form; stories of loves and losses; characters from a play; a response to a news article.
I am especially attracted to the ‘underdog’ and to those who have yet to be noticed. I like to represent the REAL rather than the IDEAL and to search for a beautiful story in an everyday life situation. I like to include a story of a moment in time which would otherwise go un-noticed.
I wish to evoke 'feeling' and mirror the 'gesture' through the use of fast marks, quick making techniques and 'sketches'. My work sometimes has an unfinished quality which adds to the idea that the figure is a suggestion of a living being rather than a still ornamental object. It is important to me that my figures have an identity and are able to connect with an audience in a non physical sense.
I use clay as a sculptural medium which is used as a canvas in a 3d sense...I do not sketch or draw beforehand and enjoy being part of the creation as the sculpture reveals itself as I work. . My ideas are directly conveyed into the clay using the minimum of tools and the feel of the clay in my hands as I push it around is almost part of me. Its a kind of conversation with clay.
I begin with an idea initially but I never really know where the figure will end up becoming. The solid lump of cold wet clay emerges over time to reveal my inner thoughts and feelings.
I use clay as an extended voice.
I exhibit my work with the Ffin Y Parc Gallery and Twenty Twenty Gallery in the UK. Please see my exhibitions page for further details of where to find my sculptures.
I currently work as a figurative artist, sculptor and a visiting lecturer. I run a pottery workshop in Wellington and welcome commissions. I am a qualified lecturer of art and have many years of experience in teaching in FE and HE.
Inside Artists magazine: issue 13 2018
Landscape & Portrait, State of the Art series#1Bare Hill Publications 2014
Art Has No Borders first iArtBook, 101 Artworks featuring the Animal Kingdom 2014
2003 MA Ceramics (diploma) University of Wolverhampton
2003 Cert Ed
1997 BA (Hons) ceramics University of Wolverhampton