Working mainly with English lime I make carved wooden panels using the fluid imagery of birds and fish to pursue my interests in composition, movement, texture and colour.
When carving I work directly into the wood using hand tools. I do not make finished designs first, preferring to respond to the carving as it develops.
Any colouring also develops gradually as paint is layered and rubbed back, metal leaf is added and surfaces are burnished until the desired effect is achieved. The carved marks are also important and I use paint to emphasise the actual process of carving.
The scale of my carvings ranges from tiny, domestic pieces to large panels and architectural pieces. The final siting affects how the carving is finished, using wax polish, varnish or oil as appropriate.