Lesley TaylorWhen I have an idea for a piece of work, I start by sketching my ideas on paper, layering the sketches to simulate what I think the background of my 3-D piece might look like.

I use an oil based clay, similar to plasticene, to craete the figures and many of the smaller items. This type of clay allows the sculptor to include an amazing amount of detail.  It can be re-used again as it never dries.

After introducing the sculpted figure into the background and making any final changes needed, I make a silicone mould and then cast the pieces in resin.

My work is ‘mixed media’, using wood, plastic, air-drying clay – whatever is needed – and the occasional ‘found object’ thrown in for good measure.techniques that Lesley Taylor uses to sculpt

Finally, I apply a paint effect to create the illusion of brilliant white plaster, which matches the background in the piece.

 

Each of my pieces contains a striking splash of colour against the brilliant white background. I love working in three-dimensions and especially love the play of light with shadow. Each piece tells a story, but I like to leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer.