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