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I am a humanist artist interested in people's emotions, relationships and interactions. My recent work has focused on the female form timeless women who hold the fabric of societies together.

I love free-carving in a wide range of stone. In the summer I work on large pieces outside in the garden, and in the winte… Read More
I am a humanist artist interested in people's emotions, relationships and interactions. My recent work has focused on the female form timeless women who hold the fabric of societies together.

I love free-carving in a wide range of stone. In the summer I work on large pieces outside in the garden, and in the winter I develop smaller sculptures and maquettes in my studio. For the larger sculptures I tend to use hard Purbeck and Portland stone and for the smaller ones, I often use Bathstone and Caenstone. My largest sculpture to date 'Children at a Rockpool' was commissioned by Dorchester Town, Dorset and can be seen in public at Poundbury.

Throughout my prolific career, spanning over 30 years, I have shown my work in over 150 exhibitions. In addition, once a year I open my studio and garden to the public during Dorset and Purbeck Arts Weeks. Read Less
My work has progressed through a number of naturally evolved phases throughout my career. At the outset I was heavily influenced by abstract sculpture particularly the work of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Gaudier-Brezka and Constantin Brancusi.

After a time I began to realise that, to my eyes, abstract sc… Read More
My work has progressed through a number of naturally evolved phases throughout my career. At the outset I was heavily influenced by abstract sculpture particularly the work of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Gaudier-Brezka and Constantin Brancusi.

After a time I began to realise that, to my eyes, abstract sculpture was cold and that what really fascinated me was people and warm emotions. This led to my work assuming a more figurative poise, articulating human forms in a more realistic manner. However I found producing purely figurative work an unsatisfactory process. I am now trying to find a balance between simple form and strong human themes.

In recent years I have made a series of female forms, 'timeless, universal women', who are the same all over the world, from 'touch the earth' societies to modern urban women. Much of the influence for these themes comes from my childhood; my mother’s sayings and the realisation that women's lives and roles can change very quickly, particularly across generations, and that skills and lifestyles are fast forgotten.

Perhaps the most significant influence on my work is the material itself. Stone's weight and solidity lends itself to quiet and meditative subjects with an inner life. I get a sense that I have gone back to my roots with my work as my father’s ancestors were farmers and quarry men in Pomerania, Germany (an area of modern day Poland). Read Less
2011
- Midsummer Art Party (11th June), Open Studio & Garden Exhibition

2010
- Joint Exhibition with Painter James Preston, Mayfield Gallery, Moordown, Bournemouth
- Dorset Arts Week (29th May – 13th June), Open Studio & Garden Exhibition

2009
- 60th Birthday Retrospective Exhibition, Home … Read More
2011
- Midsummer Art Party (11th June), Open Studio & Garden Exhibition

2010
- Joint Exhibition with Painter James Preston, Mayfield Gallery, Moordown, Bournemouth
- Dorset Arts Week (29th May – 13th June), Open Studio & Garden Exhibition

2009
- 60th Birthday Retrospective Exhibition, Home Studio & Garden
- "Fools Experiments", Darwin 200 Exhibition, Bournemouth Library and Bournemouth Natural Science Society

2008
- 'Made in Dorset', Bridport Arts Centre

2007
- Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire
- Willow Barn Sculpture Exhibition, Weston-Super-Mare Arts Festival

2006
- 'A Birdseye View', Dorset Art Weeks

2005
- 'Sense' Lighthouse Art Centre, Poole, Dorset
- 'Heavenly Bodies', William Herschel Museum, Bath

2004
- 'In Your Hands', Bridport Art Centre, Bridport, Dorset

2003
- 'Art in the Garden', Hilliers Garden, Romsey, Hampshire
- 'Drawn from Nature' Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

2002
- Winner of Poundbury Cemetery Commission Dorchester with "Children at a Rockpool"
- 'Human Form and Landscape', Alphahouse Gallery, Sherborne

2001
- 'Still Form - Bright Line' Canary Wharf, London

2000
- 'Stone Carving Symposium' Corfe Castle (Organiser)
- 'Shadows on Stone' Sherborne Arts Festival

1999
- Winner of Silver Medal at Millfield School Summer Show with "Interdependence of Mothers & Daughters"

1995
- 'Autumn Exhibition' Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1992
- Armstrong-Davis Gallery, Arundel, Sussex

1991
- 'Doors of the Earth' Stanmer House, Brighton, Sussex

1989
- 'Woman Artists Diary' Fulham Palace, London

1987
- 'Solo Exhibition' Holland Gallery, London

1984
- 'Solo Exhibition' Horsley Gallery, East Horsley, Surrey Read Less
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