Over the last 20 years East Anglian based sculptor Rachael Long has completed many commissions for private and public clients throughout the UK and has become recognised for her large scale sculptures of mammals and birds. In 2019 she received considerable national recognition for her three metre tall Lifeboat Horse sculpture at Wells-next-the-Sea after it was bought by the town as a permanent memorial to the horses that used to pull the lifeboats out to sea. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-48353421
My choice of the natural world as subject matter developed from my farming background and later living in a remote part of Scotland. It soon became clear to me that people respond to animals on a visceral, non-verbal level, relating to past experiences and shared history. Working in forged and recycled steel I have found a way to draw with the materials aiming to capture movement and strength in the animals I portray. Negative space is a vital component in the work, leaving the viewers perception to complete the elements that are missing.