Who or what has most influenced your artistic journey?
I would say two experiences have most influenced my artistic journey to date. Firstly, I spent three months on a nature reserve in Limpopo, South Africa, which allowed me to observe, sketch and sculpt my subjects firsthand everyday, instilling in me my love for wildlife and the natural world. Secondly, I worked part time in a foundry for several years and this gave me a huge insight into the technical lost wax casting process and greatly influenced me in developing my own distinct style.
Why are you drawn to your particular creative medium?
I was drawn to sculpting with wax sheets while working at a foundry. When folding and layering the heated sheets, there is a spontaneity and an element of fragmentation, hollowness and abstraction to the pieces I create. Rather than sculpting an exact impression, I am looking to capture a moment in wax, a nuance in the movement and character of the subject.
Do you have a favourite time of day to create?
I am very much an early bird. Once I have walked the dog I cycle to the studio to begin sketching and sculpting as that’s when I find myself most active and creative.
Is there a subject you would love to depict in bronze, but haven’t yet?
I would love to undertake another study trip to see new subjects first hand, particularly the Arctic to see polar bears and glimpse some of the diverse marine life, a subject I have scarcely touched on.
What’s the best piece of artistic advice you have been given?
Keep your work loose, focus on the shape and movement of your subject.
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