1968 Born in Winchester
1981-1987 The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. 8 O levels, 3 A levels (English, French & Art). Art prize in 1987.
1987-1988 Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education. Art Foundation Diploma.
1988-1993 Employment and artistic activities. Supporting my painting and carving through employment.
1993-1995 Weymouth College, Dorset. This is the most well respected course in masonry and carving in the UK, which provides the foundations to enter into either the stone industry or related arts and crafts disciplines. NVQ levels 1-3 in Masonry, Architectural Carving & Lettercutting. College diplomas; 1994 General Masonry - Distinction Architectural carving - Credit Lettercutting – Credit College diplomas; 1995 General Masonry- Distinction Architectural carving - Distinction Lettercutting - Distinction
1995-2000 Richard Kindersley Studio, London. A five year period as an assistant in this renowned set-up was a very important stage in the development of my understanding of drawing letterforms and running a workshop. It was here that I really learned how to study and draw lettering. After initially entering the studio as an apprentice, I gained experience with organising and executing large-scale projects and public art commissions. I later became the workshop supervisor and was responsible for training new apprentices.
2000 Set up my carving workshop. I moved to Norfolk with my family in June 2000. I work almost entirely to commission for a wide range of clients, from individuals to agencies and councils. In the first 2-3 years a lot of my work came through "Memorials by Artists" a commissioning agency in Suffolk and I still work with frequently.
2001 Received a CRAFTS COUNCIL Development Award. This is a fairly prestigious award, given to Craftspeople following a rigorous selection procedure and interviews. The award is designed to help promising new craft businesses develop and flourish. Recipients are put on The Crafts Council Selected Index of Makers.
Recent Exhibitions Include
Letter Exchange Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition. THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION, ALBERTO VILAR GALLERY, London, May 2003. Two selected pieces for an exhibition of typography, lettering design and lettercutting from this organisation, which brings together designers and craftspeople working in the lettering arts.
Making It East, CRAFTS COUNCIL contemporary crafts FIRSTSITE GALLERY, Colchester, August 2003. Two selected pieces for a mixed exhibition of contemporary crafts, for people on the Crafts Council Selected Index of Makers in the Eastern Region.
Artlights - CROMER TOWN, Norfolk, October 2004. An outdoor exhibition featuring projected and digital works created by ten Norfolk Artists. Part of Cromer Prospect, a regeneration scheme. I made a series of three short films inspired by the history of the Cromer Lifeboat, using moving images of the sea, and layers of text.
Bergh Apton Sculpture trail - BERGH APTON, Norfolk, May 2005 and May 2007. A showcase of my work featuring four lettering-based pieces and two sculptural carved forms. This is a major two yearly trail featuring selected artists and sculptors from around East Anglia.
Salthouse 2003, 2006, 2008. The Down to Earth Project. SALTHOUSE CHURCH, Salthouse, Norfolk, June 2006. I made a piece based on the Domesday Book entry for Salthouse, and a monolith based a human profle. This is a highly respected yearly exhibition featuring carefully selected artists with a Norfolk connection.
Recent commissions include
The Dings Homezone, Autumn 2004-Summer 2005 A series of 12 text-based pieces commissioned by SUSTRANS in conjunction with Bristol City Council. I worked with a historian and a poet to create text based works to be built into the fabric of the streets in an area undergoing extensive landscaping and redevelopment. Pieces were made using cast iron, Caithness stone from Scotland and Welsh slate. It was a large scale commission which involved liasing with resident groups and arts committees alongside the relevant council departments in order to get planning approval and highways approval, as some of the pieces are in the highway itself, as well as issues around safety and maintenance.
A commemorative stone for John Williams (Fielding) VC Redrow Housing Development, Llantarnam, Cwmbran. August 2007- January 2008. A slate monolithic form shaped and carved with an extract of a Welsh hymn and references to the Victoria Cross medal in the form of a carved lion and related inscriptions in English and Welsh.
Sculpture for Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital – January 2009 A sandstone monolith to remember Michael Everitt who set up the Hospital Arts Project, a tactile stone with textured surfaces and inscription set in the grounds of the hospital for visitors and residents to experience.
Blaenavon World Heritage Site This project is working with Torfaen County Borough Council in South Wales, I have been selected to make a Gateway feature for the entrance to Blaenavon town, which has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. The piece uses cor-ten steel and glass, and combines lettering design and colour with these materials. The piece is due to be installed in late March. Able Homes sculpture – Old Catton This project is within a new housing development on the outskirts of Norwich. The housing is on the site of on old dairy and I have designed a standing stone with carvings and an inscription relating to the history of the site.