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Jonathan was trained at Camberwell School of Art and followed this with a spell as a stonemason with the French Historic Monuments. He then turned his hand to teaching drawing at various schools; Canford School, Eton College and Emanuel School – could he have been your teacher – how lucky you were if he was!!??
In 2004 Jonathan and his young family moved to a farm in West Wales where he could concentrate on his sculpture. Surrounded by a rumpus of chickens, various breeds of sheep, competition horses and poultry, together with the rich wildlife and landscape of Pembrokeshire, provides a diverse inspiration for his work.
Jonathan prefers to work from direct contact with the animal, sculpting the clay model in situ – much more difficult with his African animals!! Getting close to the subject enables him to manifest a genuine understanding in his modelling of the anatomical structure. He is also interested in the portrayal of the animal in human history. Jonathan creates the essence of an animal’s character and its idiosyncrasies.