It took almost 50 years for my creativity to surface & although I have always had a love of colour never moved on it creatively, I trained at LCP in my 20’s in print process but apart from that background I’m pretty much self taught & developed via a hands on approach and been creating at my home based studio in Whitstable for 6 years, initially selling locally & along the Kent coast through independent shops & restaurants by word of mouth & held a couple of solo shows in the fishslab in Whitstable, one being a total sell out with over 45 pieces sold over the week.
My work initially was a craft based upcycle of driftwood sculpture & everyday flotsam & jetsam which became quite sought after in some shops & if I’m honest was shocked & flattered & resulted in a short documentary being made by a professional in the industry for a personal project & received a Bafta nomination, however unsuccessful of the award. This was followed up with interest from a journalist who took the story of my creative focus to Coast Magazine & was taken up as a lifestyle feature by ideal homes magazine as beach themed, working by day on the Kent beaches on beachfront huts & properties, beachcombing & using shoreline finds in my work which reflected in my studio & property.
The Robot characters inspiration came following my late engineer dads passing & going through his Workshop & lifetimes collection of “useful bits & bobs” creating a living figure with character from the collective past objects of his lifetime.
Over the last couple of years I have sold to several high profile clients & further afield in various countries directly via social media but never pushed or sought galleries. After a brief hiatus I am starting to feel the creative buzz again & find myself drawn to the studio on the increase when my workload permits.