William James Strickland Montgomery was born and raised in Somerset, and took an interest in art at an early age.
He spent much of his time drawing and painting inspired by the books and paintings by his great-grandfather, John Strickland Goodall, best known for his series, The Adventures of Paddy Pork.
This early exposure to representational art work influenced Will enormously, and his great-grandfather, sculptures by Emma Mac Dermott and William Newton, and more recently Nick Bibby, continue to inspire Will today.
Will’s father, Jamie Montgomery, is the proud maker of the world-award-winning Montgomery Cheddar and his mother, Bumble, was an international dressage rider and an event rider. Their achievements encouraged Will to aim for quality in his sculpting, rather than quantity.
Growing up on a farm surrounded by horses and dogs to sheep and cows cemented his love for animals. As well as being raised in the West Country, safari holidays to Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia have also made their mark on Will’s sculpture.
Just wanted to thank you for the beautiful casting of my pride and joy! I’m really thrilled with her. I’m realising quickly that the skill of the sculptor has to be matched by that of the foundry.
It’s the finishing touches and the delicate detail make it so extra amazing… even if of course I’m slightly biased!