From then, I will select the material I want to use for the piece, then begin to source what I need.
I started sculpture exploring traditional techniques, working with steel, bronze, developing skills in modelling, casting, drawing, etc...
Since moving from a city to a rural area, wood was the most readily available material to me.
For the past five years, I have had an elemental fascination with wood as a material for sculpture, one of the most beautiful natural materials. There is a flexibility and patience you must master to be able to work with wood and give it a sculptural language.
The process for working wood, again often starts with drawing. Then selecting the right species and piece.
Designs will either require finding/sourcing the right piece, and with anything 'in-stock' at the studio, I often start to consider what I will do with certain bits long before I start to work with it.
Once I have explored the three dimensions of the designed piece the first cuts must be made – the most challenging part. The chainsaw, my most destructive tool, is used to remove larger sections of wood, then the carving process changes with each tool, the more detail is applied. I have an extensive collection of specialist tools for working with wood, an ongoing collection. Detailed work can often go right down to hand chisels, carving knives and fine hand sanding.