He prefers to work from direct contact with the animal, sculpting the clay model in situ. Getting close up to the subject enables him to manifest a genuine understanding in his modelling of anatomical structure. He is also interested in the portrayal of the animal in human history. Jonathan creates the essence of an animal’s character and its idiosyncrasies:
“These can be joyful, wistful, melancholic or humorous as in the Suffolk Ram, Julius Caesar, with his regal Roman Nose”!
He is fascinated by the alchemy of the bronze casting process and often casts his own work, enabling him to understand the importance of surface texture in the clay original and how the eye reads the sculpture in cast metal. Jonathans work ranges from experimental textured works in clay, plaster of Paris and wax to unique pieces using combustible materials.
His obsession with drawing is intrinsic to the process of sculpture. He states:
“Drawing is a means of seeking out structure and form. Building lines and planes, the pressure, thickness and thinness of line and tonal marks inform the making of the sculpture, and are transferred into the anatomical structure and proportion of the clay model. Drawing deepens understanding ”. He has work in public and private collections in the UK and abroad.