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On completing her education Patricia Northcroft was employed as an assistant editor with a publishing company, where, in particular, she enjoyed working with materials involving birds and other wildlife. It is this experience, combined with her love of the countryside, that she feels she still draws on today for her sculpture work.
Patricia has not had a formal Art College training. She enjoys anything creative and upon attending a course entitled "The Lost Wax Method of Casting into Bronze" she found she had a natural feeling for a medium which allows her a freedom to express movement which is not always possible in other materials.
Her first piece, Avocet, caused much admiration and since then, encouraged by many people, she has embarked upon a new career as a sculptor. She has now added several small bronzes to complement Avocet, together with larger pieces including Greylag Geese, Black Swan Preening, Poppies, and a specific commission, Irish Setter.
Patrica also works in clay and has had many commissions from Royal Doulton and other reputable companies, producing mostly figurines for reproduction into porcelain and some ballet sculptures for commercial reproduction.
All the bronze sculptures of birds have been accepted for inclusion in the Society of Wildlife Artists' Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London and work has been shown at the Contemporary London Art Fairs at Olympia and Islington and also in the Bath Arts Festivals.
They are to be found in Wildlife Art Galleries around the country, as well as in London galleries.