Pittenweem Arts Festival Q & A

Describe your art: Carved and painted oak or lime figurative sculpture. I also make small boats from driftwood

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This photo illustrates a piece I made for my garden. I’m interested in making outdoor sculpture because of the challenges it presents, in particular painted wood. Unlike bronze my work fades, cracks and crazes and ultimately disintegrates. I consider myself to be part thief, part sculptor. The piece has influences from Mexico, the Baltic states, Greek mythology, personal narratives and much more. I’m always being asked to explain it. I prefer people to look at it and make up their own minds.

Tell us a little about your background and how you uncovered your love of art? I trained and practised as an architect for 40 years . During that time I’ve always made “things”

In your experience, what makes the Pittenweem Arts Festival so unique and special? I like to present a body of work to a variety of people some of whom might not be regular visitors to a art gallery

In which ways do you find you most relate to other artists? Almost without exception all the artists I relate to are dead. Not having been to art school means I tend to approach things independently and from a different point of view

Most treasured possession: From a burning house I’d save one or all of

a) A Kabuki woodblock triptych by Toyohara Kunichika

b) A large watercolour of Indian earthquake victims by Pat Douthewaite

c) A wall sculpture by Mario Chichorro

The most worthwhile advice you have ever been given: The Nike slogan “Just do it”

Your proudest moment: Billy Connelly and Pamela Anderson each separately buying work

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