How did you get into working with wood?
I am lucky to have a legend of a man as my Godfather, he opened my eyes to woodworking when I was young and even bought me my very first tools, one of which was an Arbortech Woodcarver Blade (the latest version of this blade being the Industrial Woodcarver) for an angle grinder!
Do you have an official qualification for what you do now?
Yes, after college I studied Fine Art, for four years where I specialised in Sculpture and gained my BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art: Sculpture.
What inspires your creations?
Big question. In a word; Life. I am particularly interested in figurative work, using the human body, as I feel this is a very direct way of communicating my ideas with my audience. All my work is conceptually driven although it is not a necessity to understand this. I like telling stories, there is a lot going on behind most finished pieces. My main focus is our emotional state and what it feels like to be alive.
What would you tell your younger self starting out on your artistic journey?
Trust your instincts, follow your heart and try not to be distracted by logic. If you’re meant to be making art, things will happen for you. If not, don’t worry, life is amazing, there will other ways to express yourself.
Do you sell your work?
Yes, I am a full-time artist.
What is your favourite Arbortech Tool and why?
I love working with the TURBOPlane, although currently I am enjoying the Ball Gouge – it is such a great tool for scooping out material. I feel like I am just getting started with it but having lots of fun!
If you were a type of wood what would you be and why?
Haha, I would have to say Oak. Complicated yet intriguing grain, stands strong, takes its time and is different to any other wood. The sapwood exterior is softer with oak, yet the heart is strong, durable and can withstand a lot of challenging situations. It doesn’t come without its cracks.
How do you like to spend your time when you are not working with wood?
Seeing things for the first time. I love to travel and go to new places, it opens my eyes and usually kick starts my inspiration. Although I have not had the opportunity to travel anywhere for some time… I must start planning my next trip.