I’ve always loved nature and my passion for birds started as a child. After leaving school in Beverley, East Yorkshire, I went on to graduate in Ecology at Bangor University. During my time in North Wales I learned a great deal about wildlife from my classmates, many of whom were already accomplished naturalists. We took field trips to Scotland, and Wales where we saw amazing birds and wildlife such as Arctic Skuas, Puffins and Sea Otters. After graduating I pursued a career in ecology, a career path that enabled me to build on my knowledge of natural history and develop my artwork.
My relief wood carvings of birds are painted and textured in a contemporary style. They are based on my own life-sized drawings or on artists’ illustrations which I often discover while browsing though old bird books in charity shops. I always try to get a realistic sense of the bird and pay a lot of attention to form, colour and posture. I carve in lime wood using an array of gouges and other hand tools. I colour the carvings with acrylic paints and occasionally wood dyes which I then sand and re-paint. This process is then repeated until I am happy with the result. Finally I apply a waxed finish.
You can purchase selected wood carvings from my ETSY shop (link in bio), or by getting in touch with me directly. I am very happy to discuss with you any commissions you might like. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.