The inspiration for my Classical Cycle of sculptures was a visit to an exhibition of modern and classical torsos, about three years ago. Having previously worked in a Giacometti-inspired style during completion of my Don Quixote Cycle, I was struck by these very different physiques, some Atlas-like, some ascetic, some flaccid as though softened by too many days on the benches of the Senate.

I immediately started imagining, and then creating, their heads. The cycle has so far comprised varied subjects – from Nero, Mark Antony and Cicero to Spartans, Gods and Goddesses – and is ever expanding as I continue to be inspired by the theme.