How Everything Started
Posted on 26th May 2018 at 20:51
I have been a plastic and reconstructive surgeon by profession, but have maintained a keen interest in the arts as much as time has allowed. Although for many earlier years a general plastic, burns and hand surgeon, my professional interest focused on sarcoma, lower limb and facial surgery, performed at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. At the age of 65 I retired from the NHS, but maintain an active private practice, concentrating mainly on facial work. My development of the Surgical Sculpture Workshop has given me the opportunity to indulge my sculpture passions, while at the same time celebrating the wonders of anatomy. I would hope, through our instructional techniques, to foster this enthusiasm in our prospective course participants, young and old, in surgery or the arts.
The picture below represents my first foray into portrait sculpture. I fashioned a bust from hospital Plaster of Paris for my Dad’s 70th birthday in 1982. I had already sketched him before. One of my patients at the time was a foundry worker, and agreed to cast it in bronze. I assisted him through the fascinating process. This is a fiberglass copy that I have at home.
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