After 25 years working in education, as an English teacher and later in educational publishing, I decided to spend more time following my interest in working with stone. As the millennium turned, I began my training as an architectural banker mason at Weymouth College and encountered the amazing artisanal and artistic skills of experienced stonemasons, carvers and restoration specialists. I worked half-time as a sculptor and the other half in educational publishing, where I was until very recently one of two Series Editors of the Pearson English Readers series with my good friend Joc Potter.
My sculpting interests have a strong craft underpinning, and where stonecarving is concerned, I am now spending more time on developing my love of relief, and tend to be drawn to motifs associated with Arts and Crafts. But the prime direction I’m taking is in figurative claywork, leading to cast pieces. What interests me most about figurative sculpture is natural, and sometimes extreme expression in facial features and the endless ways in which bodies move and interact.
I have exhibited for many years in different parts of the country and am a member of the Cotswold Sculptors Association and Cheltenham Open Studios.