I love to bring the character to life and working with charcoal creates an immediacy that other mediums don't quite do. This drawing was a gift to a friend who I also love working with. Thank you Sarah!
This is a commission of two labradors. It was a very hard commission for me to do, so I spent alot of time, borrowing friends' labradors to wonder around the studio as I tried to capture their features and character. Sometimes I would get distracted like in this photo. Hard not to! Notice my dog, Tinka feeling very left out!
A lovely feature of my work - reminding us all of the summer months!
Here is the finished bronze sculpture. This is a great garden sculpture, and the electric blue, really makes the bronze sculpture stand out from afar. This is hare will smile as you wake in the morning!
I had to move away from animals and wildlife, to the human figure and the female torso. Lots of drawing, observing and sketching with wax. This is the essence of what I was wanting to portray. Movement.
I love the deep turquoise verdigris for this very dramatic, marching gaming cockerel, showing him off in all his glory. They are very small but larger than life in personality! I hope he makes you smile like he does for me.
I loved working on this wildlife bronze - Gaming cockerels are so full of character and strength - all features I admire and love to re-create in abundance. Here he is still in the wax version
I am very excited to announce I am now being represented by The Jerram Gallery in Sherborne. A lovely gallery to be showing my work.
A client wanted my blue hare in bronze resin....and it has come out looking very handsome - a good alternative!
This is a photo of a finished sculpture in wax just before it goes to the foundry - infact - its in my fridge to remain cold!!!! This was a commission of a race horse and jockey, who had many successes, and the owner wanted to have something to remember him by. It was quite hard for me as I had very little material to work from, but he was good at giving me a description of the horse in words, and with a few photos I just managed it!
I have sketched the race horse, and now placing the rider on the horse....and trying to get the movement and interaction between horse and rider
I have yet to mount the jockey, and so this wax sculpture has a long way to go but hopefully you can begin to see a race horse emerging - the race horse is called 'Little White Lie' - Great name
A very quick sketch - alot wrong but then it doesnt matter....I am just trying to understand lab!!! Lab, lab, lab! Its a journey!
I sculpted this piece using scrim and plaster and have now had it cast as both in bronze and bronze resin.....The bronze edition looks amazing outside, on a free standing plinth, and can be a feature in a small area to create focus. Its a sad reflection of a long but purposeful life.
I am always trying to do studies for my sculptures, and the horses head is one I never get bored of trying to capture. I gave this drawing to a dear friend, but is one which helped me to be inspired to sculpt 'The Last Bow'
Ottie features in my studio a lot and you will see her pop up in photos and videos as she walks around sculptures with such style and caution. It is me who always has the accidents!
The pair of life size lurchers seen in Burford Gallery, are in traditional bronze and display a very elegant feel to these two dogs. Do go and visit them and see what you can learn about life long friendships. I have learnt a lot recently from my own dogs - and their unconditional love which I adore especially when I am feeling grumpy and low!
My life size lurchers cast in Iron ....to give a lovely rich rust finish.
Come to London and see a lovely selection of sculptures and paintings - to help raise funds for the Family Counselling Trust at the Sladmore Contemporary, Bruton Place, London W1 from 1st - 9th June. We would love to welcome you there!
Look forward to a day out in the sun and see some wild and fun sculptures! For more information, click here.
Here is my life-size lying lurcher - just been cast. He has been asleep, and has just been woken by his great mate....he looks up and they catch each other's eyes - a moment in time.
Here is a brochure showing a selection of recent bronze sculptures for the home. They have been beautifully photographed by Millie Pilkington http://www.milliepilkington.co.uk
'Comet' - the Irish Sports Horse - is ready for his new owner. Here he is in all his glory, jumping high as he loved to do when hunting. He's already looking for the next thrill before he's even jumped! Hence why I have called this sculpture 'Loving Life.'
So the commission culminated in a jumping horse - has power and energy with a moving mid-air twist! I'm rather relieved not to be riding him!
Towards the end of 2020, my studio was filled with greyhounds and lurchers - live, as finished sculptures and as clay works in progress..Here is a photo giving you a glimpse of all three at the same time! Nothing remained the same for long, working with live animals!
Sculptures can take on a different form, if you apply a little creativity to the finishes or patina of your bronze sculpture. My Electric Blue Hare is a great example, but equally it can be finished in a traditional bronze depending on what you would like.
Ottie the cat has found a new friend, as we prepare for the Open Studio in September. Perhaps she's feeling left out and I need to research cat sculptures!!
Here is my new brochure showing many of my outdoor sculptures using the amazing photos by Millie Pilkington http://www.milliepilkington.co.uk
Here is my studio in chaos, as normal but it's exciting as it is burgeoning with new work and drawings before I create order in order to open up the Studio for my next exhibition. Anyone is welcome to visit at any time!
This is a classic sight of sheep, dogs and sculptures in the yard when I was focused on my series of sheep sculptures. Here I am just finishing the sculpture of the head of Mrs Darling. She had a wonderfully wise old face, I just am not sure I did her justice.
Riding is a constant source of inspiration for me. Our horse, Walter, was an amazing Irish Sports Horse, with long and expressive ears which you can see here, surveying the Cattistock hills in Dorset!
I love going into the field, and I always start by doing a 'blind drawing' with a bit of chalk or ink. This is when you don't look at the page and you just look at the subject. And this is what you come up with! But it gets me looking and I feel that sometimes I still don't look enough - like here!
If I went to Tescos in this...perhaps people would keep the two metre rule! Here I am welding the armature for my large hare sculpture!
This was a lovely commission of Onyx, a dear miniature wire-haired Dachshund and in fact he really suits this light tan patination. The first edition has been safely delivered to his home in Cumbria.