An artist all my life, in the beginning I tried everything: drawing, painting, photography and film working with paint, charcoal, ink, clay, wood, plastics, even rubber. My parents were very supportive, at school I studied industrial design and technical drawing alongside my art but I gravitated towards sculpture during my A levels. This was due to my brilliant Art teacher Mr White at Wareham upper school supported by my summer job sculpting for an animated display studio DFA in Dorchester.
I completed my foundation degree at Bournemouth with very good teaching in colour theory and composition and was accepted by Wimbledon school of art to study Sculpture. Here I studied sculpture, art history, foundry work, photography, welding and became president of the student union organising big events in the college theatre, sitting with the governing body with responsibility for budgets. This was a great learning ground and my art school years gave me confidence that I could tackle most things.
I continued to live in south London working in publishing then an opportunity arrived to sculpt for a display company making a variety of items from a giant gold coin for the royal mint to a very large plastic Webster [A children’s plastic toy very popular at the time for the Toy Fair] a vast array of three-dimensional objects for exhibitions and shop window displays. It was an exciting and challenging role making something different everyday never knowing what was coming next, I even cut up rope for a living for a few days, making a boardwalk display for a large shopping chain. The work was in polystyrene and other temporary materials, I was earning a living as a commercial sculptor/studio manager working for a variety of big-name clients including Hamleys, Phillips. Alders, London Dungeon, Milk marketing board, Fortnum & Mason, Lord Mayors show. The work ephemeral in nature made for the moment not to last, made to order with limited scope for self-expression although someone did take Slimer home (Ghost buster display Hamleys).
My interest was drawn to smaller sculptures made of more permanent materials and my work became more awards based. I fell in love with the quality of bronze, stone, brass, and titanium materials. I made awards for Glaxo Smith Kline, Haynes, Capital Radio and the BBC. It was during this period I designed and sculpted the Mercury Music Prize.