I have always been inspired by dogs. I have loved and looked after dogs since childhood. They are such an important part of my life. They inspire and excite me, they entertain me and they keep me company on long days working in my studio. So I was delighted when the Kennel Club, the largest UK registrar for pedigree and crossbreed dogs, asked to interview me for a feature in their official magazine, the Kennel Gazette.
The interview explores my background and influences, my approach and techniques and, of course, how I have been inspired by dogs in my work. I have sculpted many dogs over the years and recently completed a life-size bronze sculpture of a Gordon Setter. Many of my dog sculptures are private commissions. It’s a great way of capturing or commemorating the spirit of a much loved family pet, and I explain the process in detail in the article.
It’s not just a case of modelling a greyhound and capturing a generic example of this breed. It’s about capturing the essence, her unique features, character and idiosyncrasies.
Visit the Kennel Club website to find out more or preview the article online. Alternatively, click on the image below to view a full-size reproduction of the article (right click to save to your computer). And if you’re inspired by dogs and are interested in commission a sculpture of your own dog, don’t hesitate to get in touch.