Q. What do you do when after more than 35 years in public services you decide you want nothing more to do with being part of the dismantling of the Welfare State and services to the sick, poor and vulnerable?
A. Become an Artist!
Q. How do you become an Artist?
A. Decide to be one, then be one!
In my case this was quite a radical step because, at that point in time, I didn’t believe I had an artistic bone in my body.
Three years later, here I am, a fully fledged, largely self-taught, almost penniless artist and woodworker specialising in the ancient art of Marquetry.
Marquetry dates back to at least 2600 BC and involves painstakingly cutting and arranging different species of wood veneer to make patterns or pictures.
Wood veneers are very thin sheets of wood typically about 0.6mm thick.
All of my marquetry pieces are made to original designs and are cut and finished entirely by hand. The wood veneers are cut using a Swann-Morton surgical scalpel using a size 10A blade.