From large installations to small bronze gifts – so much for different occasions and locations – her work flows from a passion for nature and wildlife conservation.
She has now worked as a sculptress/artist for thirty years, undertaking private and public commissions as well as public, and community based projects.
She was commissioned to design and make the Statue of the Collie Dog Ruswarp, unveiled on the station platform at Garsdale on the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line.
JOEL is available to undertake a certain number of commissions each year and to undertake bespoke designs for sculptural installations.
Currently based in Leicestershire, she was brought up in the Welsh border country, and later studied Zoology and Ecology at the University of Exeter. Research into animal behaviour took her to Scotland and East Anglia.
Her love of animals and interest in natural history increased her awareness of animal form and behaviour, and the interaction between form and environment.
I love to capture the character and form of different animals and people and celebrate the beauty of nature. I have been adding to a collection of life-sized bronze birds suitable for gardens, landscapes and interior designs.
It takes time to achieve the details of feathers and characteristics – but those are the differences that catch the light and create a distinctive artwork for you.
My other specialty is fulfilling commission of portraits of people and animals – such as many lovely dogs and horses of different types.
Recently I have been exploring the use of words and details cut into the stone beneath the bronzes including celebrating the poetry of John Clare the ‘Peasant Poet’ of rural England.
John Clare too was passionate about stewarding our countryside and guarding vulnerable sites and species.
At Doddington Hall 2020 we have the second Way Marker made so far … and it has the Robin bronze set on a worked post of York Stone. The quote carved into the stone is from a poem by that poet John Clare.
The Robin bronze has his classic colours an example of a technique I call Rutland colour – using heat, chemicals, stains and waxes.