Retirement has afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with, and explore my artistic and creative side, and after a life of part time wood carving and painting, I am exploring the additive creativity of clay sculpting (as compared to the deductive creativity of my former carving).
My passion for animals, birds and reptiles stems from a life of working outdoors amongst these creatures and “in nature” which I find so wondrous, enthralling, and inspiring!
SO when an idea comes to mind I research the creature to understand its anatomical form and function before putting pencil to paper. After many detail sketches I reach for the prepared clay and mould up the piece, adding where needed to spin it into the whimsical characters visualized in real life or my imagination.
As the piece dries the surface detail is worked in – be that scales for the tuatara or feathers for the birds. All pieces are fired to a good bisque temperature and on cooling are finished with a bronzing technique and waxes or polishes depending on the destination.
I prefer one off commission works as it gives me the opportunity to learn what characteristics the client resonates with. For example for the dashound it was the facial expression of having “done it” and the free nature of the animal.
A variety of studio pieces are, on occasion, created to satisfy my sense of the whimsy.
The Adobe Studio currently holds some of my work, with other works finding their way to the USA, Canada, Australia, and of course, around New Zealand.