I studied A levels and a foundation art course in Bristol then joined my father’s business of picture conservation at the International Fine Arts Conservation Studios. Here I spent a few years learning various trades in the restoration field including picture lining, architectural gilding, paint finishes and fine decoration. I worked on a variety of projects including The Cubed Rooms at Wilton House, Salisbury, Nottingham Catholic Cathedral, The Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man and The Hay House, Georgia, USA, as well as painting restoration at Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and The Royal Academy.
In 1994 I went into further education at The City and Guilds of London Art School, where I studied conservation for one year and then traditional woodcarving and gilding for a further two years. Both Robert and I graduated in 1997 and we set up our business together the following year.
In 2004 I went to Gibraltar and spent two years living there and in Spain. I joined the Gibraltar Arts and Crafts Centre, taught evening classes and showed in exhibitions. I returned to live in Somerset with workshops based there and in London.
I often work alongside my former colleagues at IFACS and Bush and Berry Conservation Studios on restoration projects including The Reform Club, Pall Mall, Worcester Guild Hall and Wellington School Chapel in Somerset.
I also work with my brothers Mark and Corin (www.corinsands-art.de), who are both specialist painters and artists who work internationally. We have worked on restoration projects together including Avebury Manor and Windsor Castle.