When I meet new clients to discuss a commission regardless of the subject, I bring enthusiasm, the willingness to listen and no preconceptions. By starting with a blank sheet of sketch paper I am able to visualise by responding to what I hear and feel. People are after all unique and I hope my work reflects the fact that every commission must acknowledge this.
As a young man I used to visit the home of the Sussex based sculptor and letter carver John Skelton when he opened his studio and garden to the public each year. My grandfather was a signwriter and gilder and it is influences like these which helped to shape my interest in craft.
I was lucky enough to do my foundation studies in Art and Design at Eastbourne Art College where the influential artist John Meadows taught life drawing. Having concentrated on sculpture I travelled to Sheffield Polytechnic to complete a Degree in Fine Art.
I did my stone carving training at Weymouth and Portland College where I studied lettercutting and design under Andy Whittle.
To further develop my basic skills I joined the heritage restoration company Treasure & sons of Ludlow working closely with English Heritage and CADW on listed buildings and monuments including Compton Verney, Hill Court, Berrington Hall, Richards Castle Church & Hampton Court ( Herefordshire ).
Having worked as a freelance carver for 10 years I started my own company in 2006 specialising in figurative carving and lettercutting. I am one of the only portrait artists working in stone in the UK today. I specialise in using Italian marble and indigenous British stone but also work in Bronze. I have studied sculpture and stone carving as part of a formal apprenticeship and am involved in new sculptural commissions as well as restoration projects with an emphasis on public sculpture.
In 2012 I was elected a member of The Master Carvers Association and am one of only eleven members specialising in stonework. I am now the serving President of the MCA.