I am mainly self-taught although I have taken a course at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in order to perfect my sculpting of faces.
I have been sculpting for several years.
I started when I was about 30 years old when I bought a packet of polymer clay and I started to play with it. That ignited something within me, and I haven’t stopped “playing” since!
Recently I took up painting again. It was the first time that I had tried painting with oils. It is very enjoyable when it goes well. In fact, I find pleasure in working with both clay and paints until I get the results that I want.
Generally I am inspired by people. The human form, in particular the face because it continually gives me new ideas. Each face has something unique, and I try to bring out the character and emotions.
I am unable to choose one piece as a favourite. I like them all equally, especially whilst I am creating them. Once the piece is finished, I often see mistakes and I move on to a new work without too much delay. I like the process of working with the clay more than the finished work.
In my view, I am not an artist, I only play with mud!