a lovely evening at the Sunset Session – in conversation with Sarah Wallace, curator of my exhibition as we discussed this body of work while folk browsed through my sketchbooks and asked questions.
The Common Park scooter track is located at 88a Cambridge Drive, Coorparoo. The park includes a playground, skate park, and the Norman Creek Bikeway, as well as additional recreational features that provide a hub of active opportunities for park users.
I’m grateful to the Brisbane City Council for including bronze sculptures as part of the creative enhancement of these shared spaces
The 32 illustrations I did for the Fraser Coast Council for the Arkarra Wetlands have been installed. This is an ongoing project with other reserves being upgraded by council to engage communities in an informed and coherant visual language. I’m very excited to be a small part of that.
some of the signs installed at Arkarra Wetlands
image credits Jacinta Padgett, Fraser Coast Council
Brisbane City Council commissioned me to make ‘discovery’ elements for an interactive playground at Gus Davies Park, Bald Hills. Built by the Landscape Construction Company, this park upgrade has created a wonderful imaginative playground with bikeways and different zones to explore. Turtle, frog and gecko were sculpted in the studio and cast by Chalkos Art Foundry. We hope to engage children on the micro level and alert them to the creatures that share our natural environments.
I will have these works hanging as part of this group show
The Powerful Owls have been nesting again down at our local creek. This threatened species are suffering due to habitat destruction and the loss of old growth trees for nesting hollows. A shy and secretive bird, they are the largest of Australia’s owls and the babies are simply gorgeous. I have been documenting their progress and was so pleased to see not one but two babies this year. These looser and more intuitive works have come since my time with my fellow artists on our art camp at Villa Rustica. There is always a lovely osmosis of ideas and ways of seeing that happen when artists work alongside each other.
Animal as Object – nature and culture will run at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre from May to October 2022. I have been mulling over ideas and making works towards this project for some years now and my research (pre-covid) takes me to the Queensland Museum on a weekly basis as I investigate the animal as an object in the context of both museum taxidermy and the souvenir.
I love drawing and especially the natural world, so to be given the job to produce thirty line illustrations for interpretive signage has been a delight. I look forward to seeing the signs when they are all printed and installed in the Arkarra Wetlands, Hervey Bay
Two very different works representing two ends of my painting spectrum! I am very grateful to be included in this collection and for these works to be hanging in the public hospital.