Shoreham Art Gallery’s new guest artist for February is….
February 6 - March 5
Wendy will be displaying her beautiful wood carvings at Shoreham Art Gallery during February. Here’s her story:
I started carving wood when I was 9 having been inspired by a troll carved in wood given as a present to my parents from Norwegian friends. I continued carving on my own until I went to college to train as a teacher. I then went on to Camberwell School of Art/St. Gabriel’s College in London and did a course on stone, wood and clay sculpture. I got a job lecturing at Falmer, Brighton and bought a house in Newhaven where, to my delight, I found wood carving classes being run by George Swaysland, a professional woodcarver and an excellent teacher.
I love the qualities of wood as no two pieces are the same even if they come fromthe same tree. Each piece presents a different challenge due to the structure and nature of the wood. Sometimes I am inspired by natural forms such as broken shells (whole shells are perfect) growth of plants, fungi, cloud formations and these form the basis of my abstract carvings. I am also inspired by movement of people, animals, birds and try to convey the essence of their movement in my carvings.