I took early retirement from teaching and moved to Devon in 1988. I became a student again at the South Devon College taking a foundation course in Art, introducing me to sculpture, which has become my passion.
I have studied under Lucianne Lassalles, in courses held in Devon, Italy and France, and owe her a great debt of gratitude for her inspirational teaching.
My sculpture is all inspired by the human form, and I work mainly in clay which is then cast into bronze or bronze resin. I also enjoy working with wire and papier mache, to try and capture the movement of figures dancing or skating. This led to my becoming a member of the Poets Painters and Printmakers group, with whom I have exhibited. The poet Susie Shelley and I have worked together, inspiring one another into either writing poetry, or creating the figures covered by the words, as with The Skaters, or to accompany the sculptures, as with The Dancers.
I run the Friday morning Life group in Harbour House, where we work with models throughout the year. The sketches made there I then use to develop into lino cuts,etchings or collagraphs, which I sometimes use in my ceramic work by impressing wood or lino cut images into the soft clay of pots. I am a member of the Press Gang, a group of printmakers in the Salcombe Art Club, and exhibit with them, both prints and sculptures.
I have a studio in West Buckland, where I can work with other sculptors, from the models who sit for us.
I embrace the saying “You don’t stop playing when you get older, you get older when you stop playing!”