I work in a number of different media but begin by making drawings directly from the natural world . I then produce sculptures by carving wood or stone, or constructing in wire and cement if I want to make a quicker response. Subjects for sculpture may be formalised explorations of the human head to focus a mood, or more abstracted forms like shells, fish and stylized plants. I am influenced by traditional Indian and South East Asian sculpture but also by medieval carvings in Europe. In my work the aim is often to bring attention to elements of very ordinary natural things but to show them in a focussed and extraordinary way. This may be in formalising pattern, shape or overall interpretation.