Bringing art to life

THE West Country has the reputation of housing some of the finest contemporary artists in the world. Amongst them is internationally-known Heather Jansch, a leading contemporary sculptor with an established worldwide reputation for life-size driftwood horses.

It was a few years ago when I had the privilege of photographing her at home in Devon, where a number of horse creations were placed artistically around the garden.

It was a weird feeling when you see the sculptures out of the corner of your eye because they seem to come alive.

Heather showed me around her beautiful garden, including a collection of amazing full-scale horse creations made with driftwood. What an eye this lady has; every contour of a real horse is right there, all made from wood that has been floating around the ocean for years.

In the past I had photographed the late sculptress Dame Elizabeth Frink in the grounds of her amazing Dorset garden. For me, Heather Jansch was very much a similar artist, two of the best for the West Country.

Woodmead Halls

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