About the Artist
I currently do not have any dogs of my own having sadly lost 3 in 2015, and 2 in 2019, Though I am lucky to occasionally meet the new puppies / dogs of my customers.
From 2014 I had a neurological virus that went diagnosed and has left me with some memory and balance issues. I was also diagnosed with EDS which causes chronic muscle / joint pain and fatigue .As a result I have had to extend my completion time 3 - 4 weeks to ensure all items are painted to my usual high standard.
For a while we ran a small rescue and re-homing service & I still occasionally pick up waifs and strays, 4 kittens and their mother being my latest collection.
I was encouraged to draw from an early age by my grandmother, but did not receive any formal art lessons, I accepted my first Portrait commission at the age of 13 in 1997 and crafted my first sculpture in 2000.
I had trained to be a dog groomer but decided to pursue a career in sculpture and painting instead, and launched my business in April 2002.
My work has been featured in the Royal Toy Spaniel, Model Dog Collectors Belgian King Charles Spaniel Club and Finnish King Charles Club Magazines and have had commissions for trophies for various shows. In addition, some of my work has been sold at the world famous Crufts dog show.
In 2018, I was given the opportunity to create the trophies and logo for the ETSCA national speciality show in the USA, & again in 2019
As much of my work was bought as a memory of a beloved pet, I expanded in to memorial sculptures & cremation urns in 2017. This now takes the majority of my time, but I still enjoy painting portraits and creating collectable sculptures.
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Creating the sculptures
Each original sculpture takes 50 hours + of careful carving, often working late into the night. I aim to be as realistic as possible. A lot of time is taken working & reworking the piece until I am satisfied. Adding fine details such as the fur is the most time consuming. When the piece is completed I make a mould which takes another week or two. The figurines can then be cast and once the piece has set I tidy any rough areas and re-carve any detail that may have been lost in the moulding process. Painting each piece takes from a few days to a week building up each layer of colour and carefully adding fine details to try to be as realistic and life-like as possible. Finally the eyes and nose are given a coat of gloss and the base is signed and dated.They are then ready to go off to their new homes.