The inspiration for my work comes from animals frequently associated with myths and stories.
I trained at the Skelton Studio in Street, Sussex and now have my own workshop nearby.
I have an interest in mythology and old stories and the inspiration for my first hare came from the story of St Melangell, the patron saint of Hares. St Melangell was a 7th Century saint who is said to have hidden a hare in the folds of her cloak to save it from the hounds of Prince Brochwel of Powys. The hounds it is presumed were aware of Melangells sanctity radiating from her and they cowered . Though the Prince encouraged his hounds to give chase they would not go near the saint or the hare and when the huntsman blew his horn it stuck to his lips as Melangell remained in prayer. Brochwel was so impressed by her beauty and courage that he gave her land in his valley where her church still stands. This land was to offer sanctuary to any animal (or human) seeking it.
Since then I have continue to make hares, owls, dolphins and foxes and a phoenix and am looking for another such myth on which to base some further work. Shown here is a small sample of my work