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Nightjar Sculpture

  A number of years ago I went out on a Nightjar watching evening.  Once we arrived at the site I found a tussock of heather and made myself comfortable. And watched, and waited.  We were surrounded by trees and rough upland terrain, which gradually became indistinct as the light ebbed away. But still I […]

Vixen Cub

    Fox sculpture carved in Fell Sandstone – a Vixen cub sitting in the Spring morning sunshine on mossy tree roots on the edge of Hagg Wood. March is the peak month for fox cub births, though it will be a few weeks before they emerge from the den.  They’re born blind and deaf […]

The Moorhen at Oldfield Pond

  I’ve come to this pond to watch wildlife many times – here it is in Winter, looking a little bleak – but as we come into Spring the edges fill with rush and reeds and its inhabitants re-appear and it is teeming with activity and life. For as long as I can remember a […]

Diving Bird Sculpture

  Diving Bird – carved in Serpentine stone showing the sleek outline typical of all Diving Birds found in UK wetlands. The streamlined curves help these birds – the Great Northern Diver, the Red-Throated Diver,  the Black-Throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Black-Necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and the Cormorant – become exceptional swimmers both […]

Elswick Rabbit

  Rabbit sculpture carved in Elswick Grey Sandstone. This fine-grained blue/grey sandstone is lovely to carve and in every way suitable for the soft finish and shape I wanted for this small Rabbit sculpture.  The  darker streaks are coal flecks running evenly throughout the pale grey and give this sandstone its distinctive character.     […]

Winter Mercatum – Haddon Hall

  It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the Winter Mercatum at Haddon Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire.  I have a small stand showing my stone sculpture and carvings inside the hall over the long weekend of 23 – 26 November, 2023. Haddon Hall’s Mercatum Winter Market is a treasure trove of the finest […]

The gentle delicacy of Alabaster

  Alabaster is a sensitive stone.  It needs sculpting with care, but worth every attentive minute for its unique charm.  Light floods the curves and soft edges for an enchanting natural appeal, its translucent surface absorbing and playing subtle maneuvers with it. I’ve been working on range of stem vases, each a beguiling individual. Alabaster […]

Crested Tit Bird Sculpture

  Crested Tit sculpture carved in Yorkstone showing the distinctive tuft of feathers on its head.  These tiny birds live in coniferous forests in northern and central Europe and are found in the pinewoods of northern Scotland. Once a pair have established themselves, nests are formed into a cup shape, built entirely by females, and […]

Chough Crow Jackdaw Jay Raven Rook and Magpie

Magpie scraperboard as preliminary drawing for my Magpie sculpture   The Crow Family Book by Jane Russ, published by Graffeg is all about these wonderfully intelligent birds. Excitingly one of the illustrations included in the book, under the section Corvids in Art and Literature, is a picture of my Magpie sculpture.  It feels very special […]

Pumpkins and Butterflies

  What an inspiring time of year for shapes – the plant and fruit forms of Autumn  are exciting.  The season for Pumpkins and seed heads. Throughout history it seems artists have been inspired by the abundance of apples, pears, pumpkins, squash, corn and chestnuts – all so visually attractive.  I’m reminded of the Autumn […]