Recent visitors to my blog might be thinking it is a 'wildlife watch' and nothing to do with sculpture. However, for me wildlife is such a strong influence and inspiration for my work, that it is intimately connected with each day. The carryings-on, just within the environs of my workshop, are largely my subject matter and I have to concentrate and be quite intense in my watching and looking - in the hope that I might convey something in my sculpture of a 'likeness' and 'liveliness', and that it resonate in some way with the joy and excitement I feel in my encounters with nature.
Stoats have featured highly over the last few months and these two are carved in Yorkstone - a fine-grained sandstone (my favourite stone to work) which is finished smooth. So, after getting the detail with the chisel, there is lots of rubbing down with sandpaper - the stone is harder than my finger ends!
They are currently being shown at the summer exhibition 'Hand and Hammer' at the Saltbox Gallery in Helmsley.