Group show

Opening Saturday 17th April in conjunction with the new HOTA Gallery grand opening at Southport, Gold Coast.

These are some of the works I am offering to this dynamic group show.

Twelve Apostles
2021
103 x 76 cm
watercolour and oil pencil on watercolour paper on timber cradle
Kingfisher as Object 2021 solid pewter and hardwood timber dimensions variable 18 cm high 1 of 6

World Science festival 2021

I will be joining a panel of artists on Thursday 25th March who work across the arts and science to discuss the ‘creative collisions’ that happen at the intersection of Science and Art. I spend a fair bit of time at the museum chasing my interests of objects and natural history. Is the creative mind so different from that of a scientist or researcher? In these short, sharp sessions we’ll learn about the melding of minds to create some truly inspiring outcomes. Join us to explore these unlikely alliances and their creations.

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McGregor Summer School Jan 12th-17th

Despite a last minute covid lockdown, the Summer School went ahead minus a few days.

It was great to be joined by a fun group of enthusiastic students who embraced drawing from life in a sketchbook as we investigated the natural world using taxidermy and drawing outside in the Japanese Gardens at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Bronze Portrait commission

I had the lovely privilege to be commissioned to create a bronze bust of an older gentleman, a retired doctor on the Gold Coast. He sat for me for several 3 hour sittings and I worked up the sculpture in oil based clay.

The resultant portrait was then taken to Chalkos Fine Art Foundry and the long process of going to bronze. I was very happy with the results as were the clients.

Public Art

a commission to make an isographic illustration of a map for a fantasy playground at Bradbury Park, Chermside by Brisbane City Council.

I also did a sculpture commission of a Bronze Boobook Owl on a Book as part of the narrative and for children to discover as they explore the Magic Forest.

In addition to this, I created a new ‘Guardian of the Forest’ sculpture which was cast in bronze and mounted over the entry gate to the park.

New Exhibition coming soon – Drawing to Dis/Possess

On Saturday August 8th I will be having two sessions in conversation with Jodi Ferrari (Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre) about my current project Drawing to Dis/Possess. NOTE!! these sessions postponed to future date due to COVID

At both of these sessions I will be drawing objects while we chat about the stories and value we place on things. There will be an exhibition of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings I have been making in recent times as I wrestle with my own consumption and collecting choices. We hope to reschedule these talks soon.

Drawing to Dis/Possess

 An experiment into how I might be able to dis/possess myself of material belongings.

I am making drawings, sketches, and paintings of things I have, but no longer need, in the hope that through the act of making an ‘iconic transfer’ I can rid myself of possessions.

Alongside, must be the equally vital act of not seeking to possess any more things. So, I am making drawings, sketches, and paintings of objects I covet, stuff I’d love to acquire, things that are tempting me but maybe don’t really need to own.

How do I manage my own collecting habits and be more vigorously present in my enjoyment of the objects I own or wish to own?

Is the act of drawing them enough? Can I be content to have enjoyed them, spent time with them, observing their aesthetic or functional beauty or reveling in their nostalgic blast?

Can I draw to dis/possess?

Dispossess Triang Trike 2020 watercolour 25 x 30 cm
Possess Flipper, Skippy and Lassie 2020 watercolour on paper 26 x 26 cm