How To Create a Realistic Pet Portrait Sculpture

As an artist, I’m often asked to create Pet Portraits. These range from wall panel illustrations to busts to fullsize portraits of much-loved pets. As a pet owner I understand that when you commission a pet portrait, it can’t just look like any old dog or cat. It needs to look like YOUR pet and … Read more

Wellington Heath Jubilee Sculpture

What else could we blog about on this Jubilee weekend, but the Wellington Heath Jubilee sculpture?! As the BBC reported, the sculpture actually commemorates not just one, but two jubilee celebrations. A doubly suitable subject for this weekend’s blog! Background to the Wellington Heath Jubilee Sculpture How exactly does this one sculpture commemorate two royal … Read more

Love Leading the Pilgrim Sculpture

close up of the angel's head and shoulders from Simon O'Rourke's Love Leading the Pilgrim Sculpture

This week Simon installed his Love Leading the Pilgrim sculpture at Biddulph Old Hall. It’s been popular on social media, so we wanted to share more about the sculpture and the story behind it. It’s fascinating! A big thank you to client Brian Vowles for his input on the blog this week.     Meet … Read more

WWII Soldier Memorial Sculpture

Head and shoulders of o'Rourke's chainsaw carving sculpture of a WWII soldier

As the country silences itself at 11am today, Workington has a new WWII soldier memorial sculpture to commemorate those who gave their lives in military service. The unveiling took place on Poppy Day, as you may have seen on BBC or ITV. Simon and Liz were also there today (Remembrance Sunday) to see the sculpture … Read more

Robin Memorial Bench

close up of a pair of robins carved into a cedar bench.

COntacSimon often receives commissions for memorial sculptures. One of his most popular sculptures last year was a beautiful memorial for a young lady named Robyn. Recently he received a commission for another robin-themed memorial, this time a robin memorial bench…   Robin Memorial Bench: The Brief Simon’s brief for this commission was to create a … Read more

Sculptures of 2020

george clark stands next to sculpter simon o'rourke. they are in front of a small brick building with a redwood fire breathing dragon mounted on the wall. the dragon is made of redwood and was one of simon's sculptures of 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2021 with much less turbulence than 2020. Thank you to all those who have continued to support us through this year through commissions, sharing, commenting. We value you all. Before launching into 2021, here is a month by month highlight of Simon’s sculptures of 2020… … Read more

The Perfect Portrait Sculpture for You: Part One

There’s an app for that! We often hear that when we need a digital solution. But did you know, when it comes to portraits, Simon’s ‘got a carve for that!’ It’s true!  Portraiture has changed a lot over the centuries, and there are lots of different ways to capture and represent a person. Whatever your … Read more