When I was first training as a furniture maker I saw a print on a friend’s wall. It was a painting of a dark headland on the horizon of a grey-green sea. I want my furniture to look like that – I thought. Which seemed strange, because there was nothing furniture-like about the image..
…but the painting had some quality that I wanted to find in my own work – a simplicity, a strength, a serenity.
When I saw that painting some 5 years ago I didn’t know John-Knapp Fisher and I hadn’t been to Pembrokeshire since I was a child. Now I live here, my work is inspired by the same coastal landscape that John painted for years and, to my delight I now know John and he commissioned from me a small, dovetailed oak chest.This piece now sits in his room beneath the original of that very painting, Headland 1972. What an extraordinary coincidence, and what a pleasure it was to tell John that story. You can see more photos of the chest on the gallery page of this site.