I have loved making things for as long as I can remember.
My interest is with "stuff": with form, substance, the amazing shapes that natural forces can carve out of hard material like rock, or transient snow drifts. In a world of utilitarian mass production, of form shaped by function, of throw-away-once-used consumer goods and an environment built-over and farmed into submission, we must reserve a special place for the sculpted object. For the object made for its own sake, an exploration, celebration or interrogation of shape and material.
As an artist I have worked with different motivations. Originally, and as a constant background, there is a personal journey, observing, learning and trying to express my individual responses to the world around me through my chosen methods and materials. This mediated by an awareness of the history and current practice of art. But in parallel (although to a lesser degree now) I have also made a lot of work to commission. This has led me down a number of highways and byways, which has enriched my experience immensely, leading into areas of work which I would not have entered otherwise; meeting and getting to know something about other peoples' lives, in order to create something of relevance. The constraints of a commission usually mean that a clearly defined design and timescale are agreed with a client before work commences on a piece. This can be frustrating at times, but also means that it is necessary to hone both communication and making skills. However, now I have chosen to concentrate again on my own path.
Alongside sculpture I have also produced prints, usually based on my photographic work. I use computer techniques for this, and also sometimes in the development of 3D designs for sculptural work. But the main focus of my practice is in the studio, casting, carving, welding, polishing, patinating...
Life demands choices of us all. Making sculpture is difficult - it demands time to learn practical skills, space to work, money for tools and materials. Every one of us can find these things to some degree if we choose. But for the object created to be "sculpture" we need to find something else, and that is meaning. This comes in many forms: personal satisfaction and expression; interpretation of ideas; creating an object of symbolic significance; exploring and pushing boundaries; raising questions; celebrating or commemorating something or somebody. Ideally, meaning in an artwork is multi-layered.
The rewards for working in sculpture, as in any art, can be great : working life spent in control of one's own time and effort, striving to achieve results which have some meaning in the world. I would not do anything else!