For many years I lived with a certain event in my life as a constant back picture from which I couldn't escape. Part of my reason for moving to Cornwall was to enter a new community that didn't know me for that back picture. During the 12 years since that move, I have worked hard to make a name for myself in my own right as a sculptor and potter, not for the tragic back story. In successfully completing the Tin Miners' Memorial for the former mining community on the west coast of Cornwall and being elected as a full member of the prestigeous Penwith Society of Arts in St Ives, as a ceramicist, I have now succeeded in that endeavour and feel free to be more open about my past and, more than anything, feel openly proud of what I also achieved on that dark journey that went before. I don't feel I have to hide it any more.
It is said that every creative endeavour contains something of the artist's personality or autobiography, either literally or symbolically. It was only some time after the unveiling of the miners' statue that I realised that, as well as fulfilling its purpose as a memorial to the hard working miners of Cornwall, it also symbolically represented me and my own re-emergence into the light of day from a long and challenging journey in the underworld.
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A Dragon Called Fear - the strength that emerges out of facing our fears. Caduceus issue 33
Bosnian Voices - healing the trauma of Bosnia's children. Caduceus issue 39