As a car-mad boy I was very fortunate to secure an apprenticeship at the famous company of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. at sixteen and leaving my home in West Yorkshire for the small Buckinghamshire town of Newport Pagnell I started work on the 3rd of September 1979.
Whilst covering many aspects of general engineering practice the nucleus of my position in the ‘panel shop’ was to learn the now rare trade of hand forming complex shapes from flat sheets of metal. The traditional way car bodies were built there at the time.
I am particularly attracted to abstract forms and mainly use sheet metal as my medium which gives and infinite scope for development and flexibility when working ‘free form’ as well as adding a visual lightness that compliments the work.
The catalyst or inspiration comes from many sources, the natural world to industrial design or just a thought or emotion. Even a progression of contours and complimentary lines can be an inspiration in themselves leading me in a direction that I hadn’t previously envisaged.