Having left college it was important to consolidate my skills and began work as a trainee stonemason and carver at Mather & Ellis of Manchester. Subsequently 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 ). During this period I developed my love of figurative carving and realised that this was the direction I wanted my career to follow.
Another chance encounter at this time gave me the opportunity to learn figurative clay sculpting and portrait modelling. Mackinnon and Saunders are world renowned model makers for the film and animation industry. During my time with them I sculpted models for TV adverts, Children’s TV animation and feature films leading to 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’.
Though exciting and challenging this period was, I needed to return to my love of stone. The experience of working in the film industry was crucial in underpinning the skills needed for ambitious figurative stone carving and portrait commissions. I now had a clear direction and the skills to start my own company specialising in figurative work. I am now one of the only portrait artists working in stone in the UK today. As well as using Italian marble and bronze, my work showcases the breadth, quality and range of colours found in indigenous stone in the UK.