|Born and raised in Kent, England
|AA School of Architecture, London
|Folkestone School of Art, Foundation Year
|Travelled in Jugoslavia, Bulgaria, Rumania
|BA 2(1) Hons Sculpture, Bristol Polytechnic [now UWE]
|Learned about farming and building on a small-holding in Wales
|Art Teachers Certificate, Middlesex Polytechnic
|Woodwork teacher at Upton House School, Hackney, London
|Attended Howard Raybould's woodcarving course, Parnham House Summer School
|Started woodcarving business with Enterprise Allowance Scheme grant
|Visited Mexico again
|Lots of commissions, teaching with adults and children. Now doing more of my personal work
|Still busy with carved wood ware production, occasional school art projects, commissions, trying to fit in some personal artwork, and since 2015 teaching woodcarving with adults at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury one day a week.
|2015 - continuing
|Teaching at the Monday Woodcarving Sessions, Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury.
At college in Bristol I started constructing sculpture from timber I hauled from the river Avon. Thus my partnership with woodworking and artmaking began. In Wales, I picked up some carpentry skills as I repaired buildings and made windows for customers and started carving pieces of firewood, while developing a sculpture language I had begun at college. It was whilst in Wales that I completed my first ever carving commission: I carved the posts on a four-poster bed which was a group effort and the complete bed was exhibited at the National Eisteddfod, Aberystwyth and I am told that Prince Charles purchased it! It was natural, then, that after training as an art teacher I ended up in London teaching woodwork! When I went part-time I carried on making sculpture and then when I stopped teaching altogether I started doing carpentry and set up a workshop in a squatted house. There, I got so busy making sash windows for people that my sculpture making was forced aside. Then, when I moved to Gawcott, two things happened that got me going again. My sister brought a gift from Mexico - a painted carved wooden fish. I was struck by its crude vitality and knew I wanted to make things like this. I had already travelled round Mexico once and found the abundance of folk art and craftwork thrilling and exciting. Next, I spent a summer school week at Parnham House, carving with Howard Raybould, whose work I had been admiring. This is what got me going with my carved woodware business. Since then, 1985, I have been doing a lot of public art commissions, teaching in adult education, and leading art making projects in schools, as well as developing my personal artwork.