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
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.
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.
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.