A Commemorative Sculpture of Blackie the Warhorse

One of the highights of summer so far for me was making and unveiling a commemorative sculpture of Blackie the warhorse. I’ve made several memorial sculptures related to war like the Highclere Castle airman and WWII soldier in Workington. This was the first time making one for a military animal though! I love history so … Read more

Useful Tips For Your First Solo Exhibition

In the last blog I posted I shared the details about my recent exhibition in Cefn Mawr. Despite being a professional artist for over a decade it was actually my first ever solo exhibition! It was an exciting opportunity and we’re thankful it went really well. As with any ‘first’ though, there was a learning … Read more

Unique Centrepiece Sculptures for a Zoo Charity Dinner

I think it’s fair to say that my best known sculptures are pretty big! Dragon of Bethesda, Giant Hand of Vyrnwy, Powis Castle Wyverns – they’re all BIG! However, did you know that not all my pieces are so large? I recently had a commission for some unique centrepiece sculptures for a charity dinner at … Read more

Helpful Tips for Creating Drapery on a Chainsaw Carved Sculpture

love leading the pilgrim sculptures by simon o'rourke

Drapery has always been a pursuit of perfection for artists, particularly sculptors. Crafted well, drapery can add feel and emotion to sculpture, and I’m always aspiring to get it right. That’s right, I said “aspiring”. I’m still learning! Although I’m still looking to improve my craft, there are some things I’ve learned from over a decade … Read more