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.
Will’s father, Jamie Montgomery, proud maker of Montgomery Cheddar which has won the World Cheese Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. This fact is largely why Will aims for quality in his sculpture rather than quantity . His mother, Bumble, was an international dressage rider and an event rider.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 Will’s sculpture.