Patricia Barker is a figurative sculptor; she divides her time between working in clay, directly from life and stone carving.

“I enjoy clay modelling from life and the encounter that takes place with another person through sculpture. In portraiture I am seeking to convey a sense of presence as well as a physical likeness. When modelling the figure my concerns are more with the anatomy and the dynamics of the pose. I have always felt an affinity with animals, especially horses and try to work every year from the horses at a nearby stables. These pieces are usually modelled in wax and then cast at a later date into bronze or bronze resin.

For carving I use Ancaster stone, a cream limestone from Lincolnshire. This is partly for the ease with which it can be carved but also because of its grain – the small flecks of fossils embedded within the stone. I enjoy the resistance of stone compared to the softness of clay and wax and the process of stone carving allows a more considered approach to the final form.”