Perryn Butler

I’ve always made things having grown up with artist parents and being surrounded by creativity, you just do. I had few toys just books, a hammer and nails, bits of old material, lumps of grass and seaweed, flotsam and jetsam, these were my play things. I worked    in music, mostly singing from the age of fifteen.  When I was thirty, I went to Art College and studied sculpture.

I live in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire with its fantastic dramatic coastline and the Preseli Mountains, where the blue stone comes from (Stone Henge).

Like all artists, the compulsion to create, to make, is a huge driving force and ideas may rumble for ages before I pick up a piece of stone. Sometimes I see a lump of stone and know what it is immediately, and just know what I have to remove to make it sing. Other times I have a vague idea for one side of a piece, and it will immerge slowly.

I love earthy natural colours and materials, probably because I have studied primitive art for forty years. If I fill my mind with  images  of things I admire, like or love and they intermingle with existing banks  of memory and will eventually pour out again, completely different,  as  some sort of creativity. It might be carving, painting, jewellery, writing or even songs.