Born in the West Midlands, Antonia had an obsession with drawing from an early age and was certain her future lay in making with her hands, preferably a messy process. Art school introduced many new materials but it was not until she started working at Lincoln Cathedral that her passion for stone really developed.
Antonia uses a direct carving method to keep the work alive and exciting. Working from her sketch book she gives life to the characters within, often using the natural surprises that a raw material like stone can provide.
After initially studying fine art sculpture, Antonia took the offer to train in stone conservation at Lincoln Cathedral. Subsequent to her work on their Romanesque frieze, she was recruited to work for a French company as a conservator. Mostly working on Notre-Dame-La-Grande in Poitiers and other fine buildings, until the pull of creativity drew her back to England to set up her workshop creating bespoke sculpture. Latterly she has returned to her first love of painting. During ‘lockdown’ an interest in birds blossomed into a fascination for the colours within their feathers. The paintings are made up of layers and capture the essence of a species rather than its form. A flash of colour captured on the mind’s eye and translated into paint.
Antonia has been in business for over twenty-five years making art for galleries and commissions, both public and private. The other side of her business is the repair of ancient stone sculpture with clients including New College, Oxford and the Victoria and Albert Museum and many parish churches around the country.