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Growing up in East Anglia, without a television, Colchester zoo was the closed I got to wildlife.
That is until when in 1986, I was asked to go to Zimbabwe, I found myself in another world canoeing down the Zambezi amongst hippo and crocodile , sleeping in tents on the river bank, lion huffing as sleep came, glimpses of cheetah, warthog, enormous elephant and elegant impala.
I left my clothes behind, determined to return ,and to sculpt the animals of the wild to portray their tension, movement, and the excitement of their life in the bush.
I then spent 6 months of each year in Zim, I learned from other foundries and then started my own foundry on a friends farm, and with Killion cast lost wax bronze sculptures for 10 years.
I work from life whenever possible, I take wax into the bush make hollow shapes filled with wet newspaper and keep cool boxes of cold water.
I rode a horse amongst a herd of wildebeest sculpting as they went.
I made 5 waxes over several days to make "Over the Top" a wildebeest bronze sculpture.
Another time I rode up to a Kudu group in the shade, beautifully camouflaged, and made 4 waxes for "Bachelors Away" a Kudu group lost wax sculpture.
I no longer cast bronze myself, but I send it to Castle Foundry in Wales, but I still spend 3 months a year in my second home.