||In earlier periods of my life I have painted, drawn and also sculpted, but not in the formal sense. When I had small children, for many years, (before Jane Asher and her famous cakes!) I ran a novelty cake business designing and making sculptural cakes. I enjoyed putting together a unique and personal edible fantasy, for whoever was the recipient! From the band members of Showaddywaddy to the Bay City Rollers and the Queen’s cousin, they have all owned, if only for a short time, a piece of my edible art work!
I have only an “O” level in formal art training, but have been to many life and portrait classes and have also trained under ceramicists and sculptors Brendon Hesmondhalgh and David Cooke.
I have lived most of my life in the countryside. Married to a farmer with 3, now grown up children, I spend a lot of my time in the rural environment, observing both domesticated and non domesticated animals. I often find that something quirky, amusing, or characterful strikes me and I wish to capture it in form. Having drawn and painted from childhood, I find I can express myself most freely with the three dimensional image. I work mainly in clay and wax and will often do several “sketch pieces” to see what seems to work from all angles, as essentially sculpture should work in the round.
I aim to develop a portfolio of work of both ceramic individual pieces and limited edition cold cast bronzes.
I try to capture the spirit of the subject without always portraying it in a totally literal sense. I hope that my work conveys a mixture of the essence of the subject and a little bit of me!
I will often work in binge sessions when I am excited by my subject, no-one gets fed and the house gathers dust! I am drawn to the gentle humour of a subject or its innate character. I would like others to see the subject perhaps in a way not always thought of before. For example, my beautiful and elegant Weimeraner dog is a complete clown when upside down!