For the last ten years, my main focus in my making art is a fascination with the human figure. I believe that we express our unique, personal narratives through body language. In my artwork, I try to connect the sitter with the viewer through the captured energy of mark-making. For me, creating figure and portrait pieces - especially when sculpting - is really about chasing the shadows and profiles of the sitter. Focusing intensely on looking at the sitter, I let the work make itself as I try to capture what I am seeing.
Mostly working from life, in sculpting I use clay (or occasionally soft wax) to record the human form. Once I have completed modelling the sculpture I usually patinate the surfaces with oil paint and soft wax. Although I will often draw and sculpt the same sitter, I generally don’t make preparatory drawings for a piece, although I sometimes make quick sketches in clay to work out sculpture ideas.
I completed an honours degree in art and design at Liverpool University in 1991, and a masters degree in electronic art at Middlesex University in 2001. Since then I have continued making and learning about art, notably studying sculpture under Suzie Zamit and Patricia Barker, drawing and painting under Michael Kirkbride. I currently split my time between making & teaching art, working as an art director/graphic designer and doing administration & publicity for the New English Art Club.
For the last few years I have exhibited annually as part of the Crouch End Open Studios Art Trail. Otherwise I mostly show my work in private house exhibitions or mixed group shows in various galleries.