Sight and Touch

  It seems strange to me, but art history is littered with debate surrounding the idea that painting was better than sculpture. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to be an issue today, at least I’ve never felt a lesser artist because I carve stone!  Indeed, some painters describe their work as sculpture – art, craft, creativity […]

Owl and Oak leaves

  I’m drawing out a design for a stone roundel to be carved with a Barn Owl in flight, oak leaves and a vole scuttling away to safety.  The sketches just make sure I’ve got all the details right before I begin carving.  The pencil lines are fairly simple, and are as a guide.  Sometimes […]

Happy Christmas

  Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas     and a huge thankyou for all your support this year!          

Some they fly, and some they swim

  After the birds, a fish family.      

Zebra Rock Birds

  It isn’t often that I have red dust around, but I’ve been working on the Zebra Stone, making a couple of birds.  The colouring and patterns are so unusual in this rock that I wanted to get the markings in the right places for the bird shapes – the splodges of red certainly influence […]

Where do you get your stone from?

  A question that has come up quite a few times during my recent exhibitions and shows is ‘where do you get your stone from?’ Usually I exhibit a range of sculpture, carved in different stones and so I describe the quarries, countrywide, I have visited to collect stone blocks for working. Selecting stone is […]

Zebra Rock

  Recently I had a conversation with a couple I met at one of my exhibitions about Zebra Rock – they had some and wondered if I could carve it.  I hadn’t heard of the stone before, so was intrigued to find out more. A few small pieces were sent to me in the post […]

Direct Carving in Stone

  Direct carving, carving direct – ever since I picked up my first hammer and chisel I’ve been working stone in this way.  I didn’t know it had a name, or that at one time it was considered revolutionary.  I just took for granted it was the way sculpture came into being and was how […]

Carving Dolomite Marble

  This is a new stone for me.  It has an amazing texture of large, rather flaky crystals which catch the light and sparkle. The crystals of dolomite have light reflecting curved faces which gleam, glint and shine with a sugary twinkle as I’m carving.  They seem to behave rather erratically in response to the […]

Heard but not seen … until now

  Just the other day I saw a Grasshopper for the first time ever – I hear them a lot and follow the sound, which, when I get close, stops.  It then starts up again nearby.  I’ve stalked grasshoppers, lain in wait, scanned from a distance with binoculars but never before been lucky. If I’m […]