From an early age I found refuge in the Art Room making Sculpture from cardboard and clay. I had a tough time at primary school and spent a lot of time escaping, something I’ve continued to this day:)
At that time my grandad ran a newspaper distribution company so I used to get The Beano regularly. It featured a character called Billy The Cat. He was an ordinary kid who would transform to a super hero, chase down criminals and save classmates from bullies. I could have done with him at my school:) But it was a comfort reading his adventures at night when I was bullied at school. I also used to read the Marvel and DC Comics featuring Thor, Dr Strange and the other heroes.
I admire the works of classical Sculptors including Giacometti and Giambologna.
These seemingly very different influences will find their way into my new work.
For many years I was a Dental Technician where I developed the technical skills involved in casting metals. In the year 2000 I went back to College to study Illustration, acquired an Agent, Authored but mainly Illustrated a number of books. My style developed whilst studying and involved Sculpture, Photography and CGI.
I have now decided to pursue my ambition of becoming a full-time Sculptor. Not a decision I have taken lightly. The frustration of producing temporary models is giving way to the need to produce permanent Artworks.