I live on the Rame Peninsula, a beautiful corner of South East Cornwall. The coast with it's amazing marine life is my greatest source of inspiration. I challenge myself by using the huge variety of media that I find in ocean plastic as a means to communicate and raise awareness about the problems caused by ocean plastic pollution.
I work with Rame Peninsula Beach Care www.ramepbc.org helping to remove rubbish from our local beaches. We often find interesting pieces that can be saved and turned into unique pieces of work for public displays.
My work ranges from Trawler Trash, a huge 3m x 3m mural (partly made with a group of 100 Cornish school children) to a small but incredibly detailed trophy made from cotton bud sticks, presented to Marks and Spencer at the Boat International 2016 awards at a glitzy Mayfair club.
My pieces are inspired by the beautiful and natural creatures of the sea, rendered in the utterly unnatural plastic man made detritus that now threatens nearly every marine life form and habitat.
From the often emotional reactions to my work over the years, it has become clear to me that ocean plastic Art is an incredibly effective medium for getting across the message about the marine plastic crisis.
'Trawler Trash' ocean plastic murrel
'Trawler trash (2014) was commissioned by the Environment and Sustainability institute at Exeter University, Penryn in 2014. It was displayed in the atrium at the ESI and moved to the Port Eliot festival in 2017. to be viewed more widely and to highlight the ethos of the event which was to reduce plastic. The mural presently resides at the Plymouth Aquarium where it can be seen by thousands of children each year who come to visit their Education Centre .
Abstract -sea and sunset
Made from junk metal and frayed fishing rope. (2018)
The knot dog
This was a knot that I found on Treganhawk beach, Whitsand bay. I tangled and teased it into the shape of a West Highland terrier. (2015)
Made from nurdles - bio beads, and pre production pellets. (2018)
This giant ammonite was carved from an abandoned polystyrene pontoon float (2013)
Woven from discarded cable ties (2013)
Made using paint brush handles, dog ball thrower and spaghetti scoop on a metal stand. Everything used in this piece was found on the beach (2013)
Trophy for M&S Ocean Awards (2016)
In association with RPBC, Blue Marine Foundation. Boat International and Y.co. This trophy was made for the retailer Marks & Spencers for their responsible sourcing of fish. I made this sculpture from Polystyrene, nurdles, cotton bud sticks and other pieces of ocean plastics.