I was inspired to make Tigris Panthera after discovering just how endangered this wonderful species is.
I wanted a piece that showed their vulnerability and yet their spirit.
Tigris Panthera is reacting to man encroaching on his environment. Most of the focus is on Tigris' head. There are more layers of wire here and the further along the body we look, the less layers of wire there are. (not apparent by photo) This represents the species fading away before our very eyes.
Wire is a truly sympathetic material for this piece as it creates a vulnerability in the sculpture that would have been lost were it made in another medium. It has been said by many onlookers that because of the way I utilise the wire, he has a ghost like appearance.
2011 - Commission
Coursing Greyhound was a commission and has a light armature to enable all four feet to be off the ground.
My aim is for my pieces to have a lightness to them. To give a feeling of life and movement. Wire is the perfect material for this.
I wanted to show the speed that this impressive breed is capable of. A snippet in time that could speak to the onlooker. This snippet is that moment just before a huge release of power. One gets the distinct impression that the hare is at a loss.
The greyhound was made for a gentleman who helped at a greyhound racing track. I chose to make a coursing greyhound however as this is a more natural version of what the track reproduces. It is the instinctive drive in this hound to chase, to persue....at speed.
Although coursing no longer has a place in our culture it will always remain a basic instinct in this gentle breed.
Fleeing Hares - 2013
Hares have been somewhat of a reoccurring theme for me. I have made many, all varying slightly, each one with a different character.
They have a very light armature through the body, out of the leg and into the ground. This means that they move gently with the breeze, giving the appearance of actual motion.
Each one of these photo's are of different hares made by me. The first (by the side of this text) were made this year. The last photo was taken with Black Whippet which sold in 2010.
Cockerel was a commission. He was a very proud specimen and it was very difficult to part with him.
Labrador was a commission.
Watching Barn Owl
This sculpture has enormous personal significance.
I made 'Mothers joy' for myself after having my fifth child, early in my sculpting career. I wanted to express the joy I have at being a mother. Not always an easy task and certainly a thankless one by society but my children continue to bedazzle me with their amazing achievements. A mothers, and indeed a fathers, joy can be truly endless........
We are loaned these precious gifts for an all too short a period with the sole job of preparing them for adulthood. Great sacrifices are inevitable but rich blessings are always hoped for.