Roy is a delightful chap and we are thrilled to showcase his gorgeous driftwood art here at ‘Spot’ available to purchase on your next visit . Initially a very regular customer in the café, he one day shyly asked me if I would be interested in seeing some of his driftwood art work. He was quick to point out that it was very much a hobby rather than a business, but I could tell from chatting with him that it is a passion and one that he truly loves and I was bewitched, not only by Roy and his charming and charismatic personality, but by his lovely art pieces too, all of which are handmade and completely unique.
Roy has always been interested in art and initially his work started as just a favourite pastime. He would make pieces for friends and family as gifts and they loved them so much they urged him to make more and to sell them. Roy’s original passion was for making driftwood mirrors and the inspiration flowed from there and thus so too did the array of driftwood artefacts that he now creates. At ‘Spot’ we are delighted to now be one of Roy’s small group of chosen stockists and those who have admired and purchased his pieces from ‘Spot’ love the quirkiness and uniqueness of what he does.
Roy finds his inspiration beachcombing along the local coastline close to his New Forest home. Only using local, natural materials, including driftwood and pebbles, branches and twigs can sometimes prove to be challenging, as on some days exploring the forest and beaches, there is simply nothing to collect; on other days there is lots to discover and he can return with a real treasure trove of goodies to turn into art.
Roy describes his work as similar to making a giant jigsaw… you collect all the pieces, collate them, plan a design and then start fitting them all together to create something beautiful and unique. His artwork is very personal to Roy. What started as an enjoyable hobby has become so much more; they are pieces made with love and flair and we are delighted to share Roy’s talents with our ‘Spot’ guests.