English Oak on Polished Slate Base
H: 58 x W:20 x D: 19cm
Sculptor and Creative Consultant
I am a sculptor and creative consultant based in Midhurst, West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs
Born in Dorset I moved to London as a teenager where I worked as a retail window dresser. I progressed to become a creative consultant specialising in one-off site-specific installations for international luxury hotels restaurants, retailers, and museums. Alongside these large-scale installations I studied sculpture at Heatherleys School of Fine Art in London and in recent years have been exhibiting in both the UK and USA and have work in private collections.
My sculpture is based on a purity and simplicity of form and finish creating sensual objects that beg to be touched.
I work primarily in wood carving using a process called 'direct carving' which means responding directly to the material without any preconceived idea of the end result.
I love to enhance and celebrate the inherent qualities of the raw material including any perceived imperfections such as knots, shakes or even nail holes while still looking to create effortless, tactile and desirable forms. The lateral thinking skills I have honed through my installation work not only inform this approach but inspire me further to reimagine my wood carvings in limited edition casts.
I really love to explore selected shapes through varying the scale, orientation, material, colour and translucencies.
As each piece is hand cast and finished even within a limited material/colour edition each one has its own personality and is really quite unique.
Taking this approach one step further I wanted to make my tactile sculpture even more accessible to people in their everyday lives by creating Art With Purpose, a small collection of limited edition products for the home. In this project developed with my sister, I give particular focus to material combinations and every item is still handmade either by me or in collaboration with another talented artisan maker.