Olive Wootton MRSS
I trained at Goldsmith’s College and then at the Royal College of Art sculpture school. I then moved to Northamptonshire where I continued to work and bring up a family with my husband. Sadly, my husband died in 1984. I shared an exhibition in 1985 and since then I have exhibited with a number of galleries and societies, in particular with the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. My most recent solo exhibition, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was held there with considerable success. I have on occasion had work shown at the summer exhibition - again very successfully.
I describe my work as being illustrative figurative. I am inspired by the natural world, by its beauty and power. In my mythological sculpture, I depict the drama, e.g Icarus falling out of control, Daphne changing into a laurel, or the Minotaur in his distress. I have also made life-size portraits of people with their favourite animal. I love the greyhound as a subject and was commissioned to do a running depiction of Westmead Hawk on the two consecutive occasions he was winner of the greyhound derby.
Rodin and Epstein are my heroes for their humanity.