William James Strickland Montgomery was born and raised in Somerset, and took an interest in art at an early age spending much of his time drawing and painting. This is mainly due to books and painting by his great-grandfather, John Strickland Goodall. Best known for his series "The adventures of Paddy Pork".
The early exposure to representational art work influenced Will enormously. Paintings by his great-grandfather, sculptures by Emma Mac Dermott and William Newton, and more recently Nick Bibby continue to inspire will today.
Growing up on a farm surrounded by animals from horses and dogs to sheep and cow, cementing his love for animals. Despite being raised in the west country, Several safari holidays to Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia have also influenced Will considerably and will continue to make its way into Wills sculpture
"I had been drawing from a early age but only started sculpting at 12, when my family commissioned a sculpture of our horse. I was given a small piece of clay and made my first sculpture of my pet dachshund. My interest in sculpture was sparked and has continued to grow into a passion.".
Since then, he has been sculpting figurative animal sculptures out of Plasticine. This oil-based clay allows him to achieve stunning detail without the risk of the clay drying.