I have worked as an artist for 15 years, working on a range of different subjects with different mediums to create a varied body of work. However, the last few years have been devoted to garden sculpture after I fulfilled a long held ambition to buy a MIG welder and with the help of internet forums and you tube, taught myself how to use it!
I love the strength and rigidity that welding gives to my pieces, while letting them appear delicate and graceful. I never get tired of the, almost magical and supremely satisfying process of fusing metal together amidst a shower of sparks.
I work mostly with insect forms, fish and flowers and birds. I like the colour contrast resulting from using mild steel, treated to turn a rich brown and then sealed in protective oil, and the bright stainless steel which reflects the light. I use a distinctive mix of rod and construction fixings, but am best known for my use of cutlery. I enjoy the challenge of using existing materials, with their inherent properties, and using them in new effect in my pieces. My style varies from occasionally industrial and robotic qualities, to the lyrical, elegant forms of the flower stems and birds. The use of cutlery is a fun addition as well as introducing another texture and beautiful, highly reflective finish. I like to introduce movement when possible, and most of my pieces are designed to behave naturally and sway in the breeze.