Creating precise patination on bronze takes considerable skill and expertise but it is far from an exact process - temperature, humidity and the raw materials can all influence the final result. It is endlessly fascinating to watch the colour take shape and add to the piece.
Fastnet is a recent sculpture that proves just how surprising patination can be. The mix of colours and patterns add depth and contrast to the shapes but their creation was something of a happy accident.
A little while ago I discovered a cave in Cornwall that was covered in extraordinary colours where the minerals had interacted with the sea air and water. Nature is an enormous inspiration for my art but on this occasion it was only when photographing Fastnet that the connection became apparent - nature had mimicked art.