Leo writes: Ten year’s ago I started working on different ways to use stained glass that took it out of the realm of the applied arts, and which opened up possibilities and created challenges very different to my commissioned work. These works are designed to be hung on a wall and, unusually for glass, front lit. Copper ‘feet’ are soldered to the back of the work displacing it several centimetres from the wall, enabling a reflection or shadow of the work to fall on the wall behind The overall effect creates a relief made of light, that retains the essential dynamic of stained glass – the passage of light.
In 1987 I left London for an unspoilt part of the French countryside. This was a move from city to country rather than from England to France. I wanted to be closer to nature, not just for my work but for a quality of life. I live in a simple stone house surrounded by the changing lights, colours and outlines in south west France.
Some of my work is inspired from holidays from home, a picnic with family and friends on a bridge in Isfahan during a visit to Iran, or three pure white clouds in a layered line across mountains high in the Pyrenees on a spring morning. More often the inspiration starts at home. A bunch of snowdrops on a May morning, a stroll in the light of a full moon, can translate a few days later in to a new work. I feel lucky to live in such beautiful natural surroundings.