Diving Otter



Otters, with their dynamic flowing movements, are always great to work on, whether in ink, charcoal or sculpted in reclaimed steel.
The curving belly formed from a heavy lorry wheel hub is where it started. A tractor’s lifting spike, heated and reformed to create the otter’s tail, finished it off nicely.
 
 

Rambling Encounter

I’ve been bringing life to some ideas inspired by a trip I made in the summer.  We visited a beautiful place close to where I was born, with a ramble up and around the fells.  On our way down we encountered an impressive roebuck foraging in the hedgerow.  He wasn’t living up to the roe deer’s shy reputation as he continued with his business with little concern to our presence.

It was great to see such a majestic little creature, in a magnificent landscape.

Bull

As you may remember from my last blog, I recently had the fantastic opportunity to create another bull.  Revisiting the same subject matter is, of course, a challenge but it’s also a learning curve and offers the chance to take a slightly different approach to the time before.

It’s been an incredible experience to create this sculpture on such a large scale.  As with the first bull sculpture I used the same abundant source of industrial scrap provided from sites in Newport, as well as Pontypool and Llanelli [where the piece was constructed].  Still looking to reflect the power of this industrial medium through the nature of the animal, I also strived to further develop the dynamic movement and life through the positioning of the animal.

It was an absolute pleasure to work on for the first two months and a labor of love for the final month.