"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged."
Thomas Edison
Dave Clay
The Art of Ideas
Sculptures & Installations


I am a retired art teacher in my seventies, completing my second Art degree, this time in sculpture. While acknowledging the disadvantages of a very limited art-making track record, my history does give me the advantage of not really giving a shit about ‘success’. I have nothing to prove, no living to make, and no ego to massage. So why do it? Why not just join a society and hobby my way to the grave?

      A passionate mathematics teacher I once knew described a theorem as being “elegant”, not efficient, not well constructed, but elegant. I mirror his passion for the elegant, and like him my path also lies in the realm of ideas.  My wish is to exhibit and share with others the joy I find in elegant ideas: an Art of Ideas.

      Although I have more past than future, I do not believe in dwelling in it. I am now in a position to be able to acknowledge my debt to the teaching profession for the valuable and pertinent gifts of intuition, self-discipline, humour and fortitude. These I have gained and honed during my extensive previous career.

      Furthermore I would be prepared to argue that the skills and processes of teaching or creating, while not being entirely interchangeable, are very closely related, and therefore my past is not irrelevant to present endeavours.

      I hate pretension, and so I have written this description in the first person because this is about me, not about some self-obsessed, diaphanous spectre that so often haunts the art world in the form of the third person.