Tim Cotterill was born in Leicester, England in 1950, and left school at fifteen to complete a six-year engineering apprenticeship. This metal-directed education provided a sound base for Tim's subsequent career in the arts.
Intrigued with metalworking, Tim Cotterill moved into the sculpture of radical wheeled vehicles, later finding his peak interest in the design of animals and birds in the 70's and 80's.
Over 1000 original steel, bronze, and gold bird sculptures have been sold worldwide; many through Sotheby's auction house in London. Tim Cotterill's curiosity of the diverse lifestyles in California led to many trips to the USA.
Immigrating to California in 1990, Tim Cotterill exhibited and sold his art all across America. These new high-energy surroundings brought out the fun in his art. Tim is now fully focused on Frogs which you can find at the Lee Hayden Gallery.
"Frogman" Tim Cotterill bronze sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel like quality, and the pure joy of these little creatures.
"Through the centuries and throughout the world frogs have symbolized many things: Energy, Good luck, Royalty, Fertility, Magic Potions, Charm, and Indiscretion. In today's fast world, life sometimes becomes complicated and stressful. As you can see, my art is not. It's elegant, stylish, whimsical, unique, and is pure fun! It makes people smile!" - Tim Cotterill "Frogman"
"When we smile and laugh it releases endomorphines [sic] all through our body and mind. The more we smile, laugh, and feel happy, the healthier we become. As children we were excited to see our first frog," says Tim Cotterill. "They made us laugh when they jumped our way! We were curious about the strange way they felt; the odd way they moved and their simple contented look. I used to watch frogs at my pond in England, noting how each one has its own color markings, character, and even personality. Frogs are fun creatures! I have tried to capture their individual spirit; their fun and their joy. Life is fun! I hope my art brings more happiness and joy into your life." - Tim Cotterill "Frogman"