Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire in 1956. After embarking on a foundation course at Bradford College of Art, from 1974-75, he went onto study at Preston Polytechnic, from 1975-78. Often associated with land art, Goldsworthy works directly with the natural environment – using found objects and materials such as twigs, stones, leaves and snow to create works which react to the character of their surroundings. His works are often ephemeral - with the slightest gust of wind, a wave or just ‘time’ denying their existence. Goldsworthy therefore uses photography as a means of documentation. He has worked in locations all over the world from the North Pole, to Japan and the Australian outback. In 1985 he moved to Dumfriesshire where he is still lives and works.