Stonecarving and stone sculpture
I remember reading a story as a kid in Japan...it was from the 'folktales of "Oita", the region in which I was brought up and the story was about a guy, a priest, who decided to carve a passage through a mountain because travelers kept falling to their deaths from the treacherous path which ran along the cliff edge. I think it took him over twenty years. I remember being hugely impressed with the idea that one person could even think to carve through a mountain. I later visited the passageway where the marks of his chisels could still be seen...
Stone carving requires a huge amount of persistence and determination but once you get to grips with the material, it can be surprisingly flexible and the work itself is strangely meditative. The process of carving stone is like a kind of active dreaming. The material has a density, an unforgiving nature and a sense of permanence but the work I do is more about trying to convey an idea of transformation, of fragility and lightness.
I undertake all kinds of work in stone, including Fireplaces and Memorials and am open to the commission.