Raising the profile of wood sculpture from traditional craft to contemporary fine art.
Nature has bestowed on us a never-ending treasure chest of patterns and form. It is this form that I draw upon for inspiration, through the beauty of wood and the material's complementary surface pattern.
My love of natural forms within nature, and an understanding of the structure and form of wood have allowed me to produce exquisitely executed contemporary fine art wood sculpture. I respect the wood as a living organism and allow it to lead my pieces towards their completed image. My pieces are constantly evolving, reflecting the ever changing and infinite possibilities of nature. Leaf forms, flower seeds and natural forms all inspire my work and push it forward to new levels.
I have exhibited widely throughout the Midlands, and in 2010 I was made a Member of the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists (RBSA). I am a regular exhibitor at Nature in Art in Gloucestershire, where I have been an Artist in Residence every year for the last 20 years, and also run yearly weekend carving courses.
EXHIBITIONS and PERMANENT DISPLAY:
Gallery@12Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Regular contributor- come and visit me most Thursdays!
Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire Wood sculptures in permanent collection, and regular exhibitor from 1997. Wood sculpture ‘the conker’ voted most popular piece in permanent education collection by Gloucestershire schools. Wood carving courses. Artist in Residence annually since 1998
PUBLIC WORKS: Individually designed, traditionally hand carved signage and commemorative projects produced for:
British Waterways Board
The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society
South Staffordshire District Council
Pattingham and Bobbington District Councils
Many private commissions including GKN Conservation Awards 2006/2007 awarded to GKN USA and Brazil. All my earlier public works in Staffordshire are listed and illustrated in PMSA National Archive held at the Courtauld Institute; The Staffordshire Volume 2003 www.pmsa.org.uk
ACHIEVEMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Accredited Master, Waterways Craft Guild- Traditional Hand Carved Signage November 2009
National Diploma in Design 1964- Wolverhampton College of Art (Wolverhampton University)
Stafford College Of Further Education - GCSE Fine Art (day and evening classes) 2004-2005
Codsall Day Centre - Art for adults with learning difficulties. 2002-2005
Stafford Educations Authority- Evening classes in art, life drawing and wood carving. 2002-2005
Nature in Art- Weekend courses in woodcarving yearly since 1998
Commissions taken for public or private works - 01785 840283