When I look at a subject, I am not just looking at form, I am looking at behaviour and character. I believe that this is the key to bringing my creations to life.
I spent many years creating art in 2D using pencil, oils and watercolour to study the diverse animal kingdom. Often I was asked to paint a portrait of someone’s pet. My main request was that I could meet the animal myself. When I met the animal, I was looking for that subtlety of behaviour which was a key identifier to that specific animal, just as an impersonator would be looking at a celebrity’s unique behaviour in order to play them. When people saw my completed pieces, the common reaction was I don’t understand, it’s not just any dog / cat / horse, it’s mine. How do you do it?
The importance of character is as – if not more important that likeness. Just as an impersonator can often look nothing like or even be a different gender that their subject so an artistic representation is not just about creating an identical copyLast year I discovered the amazing property’s of wire and this in turn inspired me to create in 3D. Since this discovery I haven’t looked back. Once again I have turned to the natural world for inspiration.With wire I have the ability to create fluidity and delicacy without sacrificing form. I have continued studying behaviour and character to ensure that my pieces are truly representational of the subjects. I have now taken on a large studio which will give me the opportunity to create the larger pieces. This is an exciting time for me as restrictions of space are removed I am preparing to create some very impressive pieces.