The cat's miaow of a day infact.
I am still working away on them, it's just that for various reasons, I haven't been able to show you anything I've finished.
But I think that I can show you this sculpture, commissioned by Sharon, to commemorate her beloved cat Garfie, who tragically met his end in a road accident at the tender age of two. Garfie was a special cat, and Sharon still misses him and his wonderful personality, so it was a privilege to make this piece for her.
When I do a commission that depicts a subject like this, I like to glean as much information about the subject as possible, not solely look at photographs. Sharon wrote me a long letter telling me all about Garfie's personality. He had different sides to his character. He was very, very loving, and knew just when to be affectionate. He was also a bit of an adventurer and a highly accomplished acrobat.
I wanted to express his personality in the sculpture, so the cloud of butterflies represent Garfie's sensitive side, whilst the trainers and binoculars represent his more adventurous leanings. His pockets are stuffed with bits of ribbon and fabric, because Garfie was partial to playing with those things.
Garfie may not have been my cat, but I became very attached to him in the process of making the sculpture. I really have to get personally involved with each piece I make, otherwise the work is not the best it can be, and this inevitably means it's hard to part with each piece I finish. But coming from the background I do, the world of illustration, I am very used to accepting that when a work is finished it has to be handed over and I have to move on, plus, I have to make a living from my work, so it really wouldn't be helpful to hoard all the work I make.
I think of it this way, each piece I finish is going to a loving home, and what more can I ask for than that.
So Garfie is now going to be wrapped in copious amounts of tissue paper and bubble wrap, laid carefully in a sturdy box, and be sent off by secure special delivery to his new home. I know that his rightful family are waiting eagerly for him to join them.
Bon voyage Garfie!