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

Artist in Residency

Just before Covid 19 restrictions started to mean that life was changing and teaching was going to be different, I was delighted to spend 2 days a week for 4 weeks at St Margaret’s Anglican girls school with grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 students as we worked through a variety of art projects around their themes of ‘soaring’. I hope to return at some stage and see where their investigations took them.