About Me

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 Sculpture.

I did my stone carving training at Weymouth and Portland College and was taught lettercutting and inscription design by the renowned letter cutter Andy Whittle.

For the first part of my apprenticeship I worked as an architectural stonemason and carver at Mather & Ellis stonemasons of Manchester. For the second part I joined the heritage restoration company Treasure & sons of Ludlow working closely with English Heritage on listed buildings and monuments including Compton Verney, Hill Court, Berrington Hall, Richards Castle Church & Hampton Court ( Herefordshire ).

In 1999 I began a three year period working with Hollywood film company Warner Brothers as a sculptor developing new projects with director Tim Burton. This culminated in seven of my sculptures being seen on screen in the film ‘Corpse Bride’.

Having worked as a freelance carver for 10 years I started my own company in 2006 specialising in figurative work. 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.

In 2008 I began working with semi precious marbles, onyx and rare materials like rock crystal and now do lapidary restoration for some of the major auction houses in the UK.

I have lectured and run workshops in sculpture at various Universities, schools and colleges throughout the country.

In 2012 I was elected a member of The Master Carvers Association and am one of only eleven members specialising in stonework.

I have experience in sculpting solely from photographs if the subject is not available for a sitting. I also offer a copy carving service. I can accurately duplicate existing sculptures. Where historical figures are concerned I work with all available two dimensional references to do justice to the subject. I am available to discuss any ideas or requirements by telephone at any time.

In 2017 I was elected President of the Master Carvers Association and in the same year a member of the Memorials by Artists scheme which a register of the leading letter cutters in the country.

I am a listed maker with Craft & Design magazine www.craftanddesign.net.