I love to make something soft and sensual from inflexible materials.
The transformation from hard to soft in sculpture is magical, and the way that shapes can flow in stone is one of the most satisfying discoveries I make as each piece progresses. This is shown best in some of my smaller pieces, particularly in alabaster, with its lovely sheen.
Sleeping Angel: Soapstone
Crouching Figure: French Limestone
A series of sculptures that reflect the similarities between the human shape and landscape.
The first Female Landscape, carved in French Limestone, won the Sir Robert Marshall Prize in the Bridport Open Art Exhibition in 2003 and was sold to a private collector.
Female Landscape II and Female Landscape III were carved in Maltese Limestone.
The fourth work in the Female Landscape series, the most ambitious in terms of scale, was created from a 6-tonne piece of fine grain Jordans Basebed Portland Stone.
It was created by hand, using a minimum of machinery, in order to keep the stone as natural as possible, and the marks of tools are there to show the brutality and strength needed to turn hard stone into soft lines and details.
Polished on the top surfaces, she is still rough hewn on the lower edges and in crevices and curves as if she is pushing upwards from the depths of the earth.
Organic Woman is now being exhibited in the Sculpture Garden at The Mill at Gordleton and is available for purchase by a collector.