A property developer received the surprise of his life, when his family presented him with a sculpture of his children’s faces.
Jeff Penman knew that he was in line for a special gift to celebrate his 40th birthday, speculating that it could be go-karting, or a visit to a wind turbine.
But little did he know that after a visit to the Great British Sculpture Show at Hatfield House last year, his wife Catherine had come up with a wholly more artistic surprise. Wendover artist Andrew Sinclair was the chosen sculptor, and the family travelled to his Devon-based studio to see the finished result.
Mrs Penman said: “I rang and spoke to Diane Coates, his partner was amazingly helpful, then I spoke to Andrew and got a really good vibe from him.”
The clay sculpture, which is completed in bronze features the faces of Francesca, 8, Scarlett, 6 and Claudia, 3.
Mr Penman said: “I genuinely had no idea what we were going to do, even when we were on the M5 going south. When I saw the clay sculpture for the first time I was genuinely blown away by it. Andy had captured my girls at moment in time which will be preserved forever.”
Mr Sinclair ran a studio in Wendover for many years, but became worried about the impact of HS2 and moved to Devon at Christmas last year.
He now runs The Sculpture School from Bondleigh, Devon.
He said: “It was a delight to work with such a lovely family as the Penmans, and a huge surprise that the girls managed to keep their portrait a secret for their daddy’s birthday.
“It’s an pleasure when clients are thrilled by their commissioned sculpture.”