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began to train as a carver of netsuke when I left school and studied
to become a P.E teacher. This is not as strange as it might appear
as it was at college that I learnt to study movement and observe
detail very closely.
As my family grew up I decided that I didn't
want to continue teaching but would rather persue my great interest
in plants. Following a move to Surrey, UK I started working at the
Royal Horticultural Society garden in Wisley. This was another useful
training for carving as very close examination of plants and flowers
was necessary and it eventually lead to me opening my own small
looking after the gardens of a stately home I started to study woodcarving,
a subject which had always interested me. I became a student at
the City and Guilds of London School of Art where I followed a course
of Church work ie. the type of carving perfected by Grinling Gibbons
which can be found in the choir at St. Paul's Cathederal and many
large houses around Britain.
woodcarving was becoming increasingly detailed and eventually, in
2002, I decided to follow this to it's logical
conclusion and start to carve netsuke, although at that time I had
only seen and admired them in pictures.
Most of my carvings are based on the natural
world and I always try to impart as much movement into each piece
as possible.. I live deep in the French countryside which provides
constant inspiration. I surround myself with objects and pictures
and strive to find the essence of my chosen subject; and while I
always start with a clear idea I find my carvings are often subject
to serendipity. I don't draw a design and I allow the wood itself
to lead the carving onward. I try to include suprises so that the
observer has to spend time studying the carving rather than seeing
everything with a single glance.
My carvings are done by hand and take many
hours to complete. I use a small rasp for the initial shaping then
gouges and knives followed by increasingly fine sandpapers.
A R T I S T ' S P R O F I L E
my first netsuke
at the Hilliard Society annual Exhibition, Wells Somerset
Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Exhibition,
Washington DC USA
Exhibition Royal Miniature Society, Central Hall Westminster,
exhibition, Arras France
to SW France to live in the Lomagne not far from Toulouse.
Miniature Society Exhibition Mall Gallery London
The Bidder & Bourne award for the best sculpture... the
finest piece of the sculptors and gravers art.
As a result I was made an associate member at the AGM in July,
Federation of Miniatures 3rd exhibition, Washington DC, USA
Society Annual Show. Awarded HS
visit to the International Netsuke Society Convention , San
Society Annual Exhibition
London sold one of my netsuke at auction.
Miniature Society Annual Exhibition
at the Kappa Convention, Florida USA International Netsuke
Society January 26th to 31st 2007
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