Reflections

Reflections by Laurie Collins

Most of my Big sculptures are of a certain size( so that I can move them easily enough) I also make them reasonably quickly as I have lots of ideas( sometimes mine and sometimes found!). I am very happy with this process as it means I dont have to charge enormous sums for the work and I can get a range of ideas done over a year.I have never been a "craftsman" but rather an ideas man... not all of them deep and meaningful!.

All of my sculptures are painted with Penetrol which is a clear paint from James Flood( available at most Paint shops). Any colour is usually oil based paint so it is reasonably easy to maintain

As I have moved more into this area I have developed a sculpture garden at home( Jindivick) and this has been a great place to display my work and for it to have a place before it goes out to different shows or exhibitions

 More About Laurie Collins

 

Big Sculptures

angel orbit - 2017 (SOLD)
angel orbit

I saw a chair back from a 60’s design which had a large area as back support and a round hole and I did like the form. I hadn’t done a largish piece for a few days so I thought to start with that, I also was tidying up the shed and came across a ½ bucket of bolts and having found a round form I decided to weld them together to make a bowl / base shape. As the two forms sat in the shed together they kept suggesting ways they could combine. I found some more bolts to do the other side of the bowl and decided to create a base to use up some more of the bigger plasma cut off cuts. It went through a few changes and the finished form suggests a xmas angel or the orbiting of a heavenly object( to me anyway)


ballet pose - 2017 (SOLD)
ballet pose

I done a number of ballet girl poses over the years and as my most recent was off at a winery show ( where she sold) I thought to do another in a similar manner but this time try to do something with the tutu.. It mostly works and the pose is from an Instagram picture.The metal is mostly Corten steel which will go a lovely rust colour and the rocks are from stone mason offcuts.


big blue2 - 2017
big blue2

I Made big blue years ago and it was using lots of bar offcuts from school. I wanted to see if I could create a head using very inappropriate material. It worked ok and it originally had a marble slab on top, However over the years the slab brok and it lost quite a bit of its form. I recycled it this year and mad it within a frame and added and removed some bits. A new life for big Blue!


big flower( aluminium) - 2017
big flower( aluminium)
someone gave me discs of aluminium and this is one of the pieces that developed
birdie - 2017
birdie

I have played with ballet dancer forms in a number of my sculptures. Grace and beauty always amaze me and in this piece I wanted to try a different support structure (12mm rod) and the grace and beauty aspect also seemed to suggest birds as part of the infill designs. Quite a few ballets seem to reference birds (Swan lake, the firebird etc) so it seemed quite appropriate. She maybe is sort of tattooed and I have yet to see a tattooed ballet dancer but with the prevalence of tattoos in society I guess it is only a matter of time !.


birds in the trees - 2017
birds in the trees
I bought some rolled circles from the metal supplier. One became lollypop, 2 became non-conformists and this is the third. I was going to do bird shapes with maybe a 3-d bird on top but as I looked at other images the idea of one side trees and one side birds developed. With another recent piece, Waterhole, I had layers of plasma cuttings and this time I have increased the layers and used the positive and negative forms. I do like the interplay of light and dark and the aspect that you need to look to see the forms .We also now are visited by a range of galahs and parrots and perhaps that also had an influence on the development of the idea
Breaking out - 2017
Breaking out

This is my second large piece for 2017. It continues with my interest in recycling (plasma cutting offcuts, and the wheel as a base as well as other small elements on the character) and relating human concerns to positive themes. My character is surrounded by chaos and she is boxed in a small area but at this moment we see her breaking out of the box and the chaos also being swept away in part perhaps by greater chaos but certainly it is of a different form and she is prepared to risk all to break her bonds.


bulb - 2017
bulb

I wanted to do a piece for the tessellar sculpture in the tulips show and in thinking I decided to do a bulb…. Well a bloody big bulb. The form certainly echoes balloons and drops of water but with the roots and shoot it looks fairly bulb like.It certainly took me a bit of time and effort to get it constructed but it is such a lovely form I do think it was worth it.


donkey letterbox - 2017 (SOLD)
donkey letterbox
an order for a client
fe holden sculpture - 2017 (SOLD)
fe holden sculpture
an order from a client
flock - 2017
flock

I have been looking through Instagram in the morning and usually sketching and noting inspirational ideas that have some resonance in me.  This piece was inspired by the image printed here. The artist Pejac created this image in broken glass in windows and it immediately suggested to me this variation. I have been exploring using the plasma cutter for a while and it seemed and ideal combination.


free spirit - 2017 (SOLD)
free spirit

I seem to like girls.. and birds. I found this lovely basalt rock across the road ( with the mower) and thought I needed to use it in a sculpture. It was going to be quite simple but I found it was too heavy for me to lift. I cut it up with the angle grinder and this is half the rock. I made the stand for it and it didn’t suggest an idea straight away. In the end, I decided that it was such a grounding piece it needed someone to fly from it and hence my girl flying off with the birds… although she might come back to see her friend on the rock from time to time.


half a world a way 2 - 2017
half a world a way 2
hard core - 2017
hard core

I had a series of rings rolled from flat bar at the local metal suppliers. This is the last of the 4 I had done. It sat outside the shed for about a month and it was in some sort of proximity to a basalt rock. The 2 forms sort of joined in my mind and I had the idea of suspending the rock ion the middle of the ring. It evolved to have the curly bits as it looked just a bit to uninteresting with just the plain ring. I have done a few other floating rocks , or rocks with wings but never really tied up a rock before. The steel came from rock( maybe not Basalt rock) but I do like the interaction of a natural material and a manmade one.


Homage to a dad - 2017 (SOLD)
Homage to a dad
this was an order from a client to use her dads tools to create a sculpture that would remind her of him.
island girl - 2017
island girl
I started her head years ago. It didn’t seem to be working at the time and I threw it on the scrap heap. It sat there for a year or so until I saw an image on Pinterest or Instagram which had flowers around a head and another which had nail eyelashes. It provoked me to reclaim the head, finish it by fully covering it and adding hair and also eyelashes. She sat in the gallery for a year but really was too big for just a head on a stand so I made her a body. She is much happier now and I do like the combination of materials and ideas
julia - 2017 (SOLD)
julia
I saw a beautiful ballet pose on Instagram of dancer Julia Rust.I do love the grace of ballet dancers even though I understand the difficulty. I am not anywhere near as flexible as these girls but to achieve grace and beauty through just how you hold your body always delights me. I had not done a girl pose for a while and this called to me to try to capture it. The dancer and the photographer both made pleasing comments when I put it up on Instagram so I guess it worked
keys in the song of C - 2017
keys in the song of C

I had a collection of keys in my drawer from my time at Drouin Secondary College. Most of them were old locker keys and outmoded keys. They had sat there for a while when I saw some image on instagram which suggested that I might use them in this way. I had recently done a treble clef and I wished to repeat the beauty of the form. The combination suggested the title and it does make a lovely tinkly sound when it moves


leaving the chaos behind - 2017
leaving the chaos behind
lizard - 2017 (SOLD)
lizard

This was in response to an order from a friend. He owns a metal recycling plant and I thought the damaged mag wheel would be ideal for the lizards frill. I am quite happy with the proportions and details and I think I need to do another for myself!


mark memorial - 2017 (SOLD)
mark memorial
This was an order to commemorate a man who had died in a car accident
motorbike - 2017
motorbike

I have never ridden a motorbike. I was listening the other day to a man describing the adrenaline rush of being on a bike and really, I am not much of an adrenaline junkie. I used to ride a bike and that was fun and useful. I am often influenced by the pieces that magically appear in my pile and one day a lot of this collection appeared. It seemed to suggest a motorbike and I thought I would just knock that job over quickly. Nearly a month later ( not as quickly as I anticipated)  it was finished and I am delighted with the range of oddities in it .I suspect this is the closest I will get to a real motorbike… and that is fine too.


namaste - 2017 (SOLD)
namaste

I was inspired for the shape of this piece by a form on Instagram and started on the basic structure.It developed in all sorts of directions and the front is plasma cut offcuts and the back also came from a yoga site on Instagram which has this “ poem”



Namaste :



My soul honours your soul, I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.


nonconformists - 2017
nonconformists

I guess I am old. I do have a phone and I do use it from time to time but I find it amazing how much the phone has taken over people’s lives. My people are all 2-d on their phones and really just cutouts of the people they could be. My non-conformists are 3-D and coloured to show they are “alive” to their world. The back is all junk as much of the world these days seems to be fake new ,opinions ruling sense and silly fads.( also I had some lovely pieces and it makes such a wonderful pattern.


pecking order - 2017
pecking order

I seem to keep coming back to birds in my sculptures. This one is similar to one I did a while ago called bird on a wire but this is a touch more baroque  with all the curly bits climbing the stand. I had the curved pieces in the pile and this is the second time I have used them this way.. maybe I am just repeating myself but it is a fun, light and decorative piece. As to the pecking order… well probably 3 pieces of wheat to go!


pensive - 2017 (SOLD)
pensive
I found a lovely pose and it inspired me to make the latest in my line of 3-D figures. I have done some characters reading in the past but this one just looked thoughtful, hence the title.Some parts are working well I think and it is interesting how much expression can be achieved with a combination of metal shapes
pieces of eight - 2017 (SOLD)
pieces of eight

I have done quite a few 2-D pieces where I have designed a shape and kept everything in the same plane. I had the idea of doing some relatively simple form (and 8 is a lovely shape ) and see what I could do with a cut up version. I was delighted with the result and although I initially assembled it upside down , I soon changed it and the form seems to have echoes of the original 8 but quite a bit of difference .I also like the pun on the original pieces of 8 being pirates treasure as this is quite a treasure itself. I think I will explore this idea further.


Pillar of society - 2017
Pillar of society
reaching the stars tower - 2017 (SOLD)
reaching the stars tower
This one developed from having a piece of treated pine left over from moving a path into the gallery. I originally was going to have the girl just as a small piece but the idea of a tower appealed. As it still wasn’t tall enough I made a base to fit and incorporated shim both copper and aluminium in the wood area. On the back I tried out a technique I saw another sculptor do in Thailand( using an angle frinder to create texture on wood) The final piece appeals to me and again it has allowed me to experiment and try new ideas
robs resto's - 2017 (SOLD)
robs resto's
an order from a client
smile 1 - 2017
smile 1

I made a small piece a while ago inspired by an image from Instagram which was a similar face all plasma-cut ( called presence). It seemed logical to develop it using rod and bar (for strength) and a bit of plasma-cutting. This has more expression but is coloured white instead of the black due to different placement.  It makes me smile and that has to be a positive benefit.


sprig and sprite - 2017
sprig and sprite
surf gates - 2017 (SOLD)
surf gates
an order from a client for a pair of gates for their driveway
swirly - 2017 (SOLD)
swirly
I had recently done another flowing form ( a treble clef) and I had a good collection of plasma cutting off cuts which I wanted to use up so I did another swirling type form. I was going to add characters and create a story about distance between them but the shape just looked so lovely in itself that I decided to leave it as itself. The name swirly just developed from another piece called swirl but this one looks more fun.
swirly circles - 2017
swirly circles

I have done swirly type sculptures previously but for this one I had the idea of using a good few donated circles and see what developed. As I laid it out it seemed to need more body in the circles so I added random offcut pieces to create almost a series of symbols or inner patterns. There is no real intent but the overall form is quite pleasing .


teapot 1 - 2017 (SOLD)
teapot 1
had the idea of making a teapot....
the fairy tree - 2017
the fairy tree
The joy of reading - 2017
The joy of reading

One of my friends gave me a wonderful collection of books that were no longer of value to the library they were bought for. I have been planning to do a lot with them but this is the first piece. I love reading. I don’t do as much as I used to as I love working in my shed more. However I still read every day and am on the lookout for interesting works . In this case I am suggesting an upward path to knowledge and wisdom but as there is an attractive girl at the top( and I did meet my wife in a library) then there are possibly side benefits to “the joy of reading.


tinman - 2017 (SOLD)
tinman
an order from a customer
tree form - 2017 (SOLD)
tree form
an order for a client
triffid 1 - 2017
triffid 1

This really was just a combination of a variety of forms. I had the idea of a ball with curly prongs and it needed presenting on a stand of some sort. The final result is a sort of strange plant form and I recall one of my favorite books of my adolescence.. The day of the Triffids. Anyway this is my first triffid.. and I have since done a second


triffid 2 - 2017
triffid 2

This one developed from having some pieces of curved pipe left over from my big Toyota sculpture. I did a sketch and made some shrinking ends ( and a captured character) and it looks even more triffid like.. or squidlike. Again this followed fairly soon after triffid 1 so hence triffid 2


twisted - 2017
twisted
waterhole - 2017 (SOLD)
waterhole

I often make things to assist with a certain project and are then left with them after the project is done. The main circle is just such a thing and I used it to set a set of smaller circles around. I had a fairly simple idea to use it as an abstract water hole but it grew and grew until it became a lovely busy form with both side being interesting and different…”Grew like topsy” I guess is the phrase.


waterhole 2 - 2017 (SOLD)
waterhole 2
window screen - 2017 (SOLD)
window screen
an order for a client
window screen 2 - 2017 (SOLD)
window screen 2
an order from a client
You and Me - 2016 (SOLD)
 You and Me
I have made a number of pieces featuring birds and people and scale often plays a part.Birds are such symbols of freedom that they always inspire interesting interactions.  We all wish we could communicate with other creatures and this piece developed from some interesting shapes in my pile of chaos and thinking about how a bird might interact with someone of a different scale.
A sort of Pun - 2016
A sort of Pun

My grandad had one of these old Blacksmiths vyces set up in our garage at home. It actually worked wheras this one has sat in my pile of scrap for a couple of years in a non working condition. Still it was such a lovely piece in shape and form that I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up. Anyway I had the silly idea to make it into a “joke” I have added AD to the top and good and bad to the back… so I advise you to think what that actually does to this piece and see if your humour is a sad as mine… when people get it they tend to lower their heads and shake them..Anyway a working vyce on ebay is in the 2 to 300 dollar range so if you had the urge it wouldn’t be hard to remove my additions.


Adapt - 2016
Adapt

I have such interesting bits lying around my shed and sometimes they just call out to be combined . This is such a case and the whole top part came together happily. I was not sure where it was going and it sat quietly as a group for a month or so. I was making the base for another idea and just picked up the group and it fitted perfectly to the top. In looking as to what I could say with it, I decided that the complex nature of the form was easily overcome by just adding a separate structure on top( the ladders) and my little character has happily dealt with the complex basis of his life…. Ah Serendipity when everything comes together so well.


Around and about 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
Around and about 2
This is the first big piece of 2016. I did a smaller piece at the end of last year but the form wanted to have a twist to the third dimension. I have used on one side small off cuts and on the edges and front “junk”.The form is a bit of a hangover from the forms inspired by new Zealand and also forms from Canada. I love the texture of the small offcut side and I am inspired to use this texture in further pieces.The title sort of refers to the travels mentioned above but also to the turning motion of the form itself
Around and about 3 - 2016 (SOLD)
Around and about 3

. I did a smaller piece at the end of last year but the form wanted to have a twist to the third dimension. I have used on one side small off cuts and on the edges and front “junk”. The form is a bit of a hangover from the forms inspired by New Zealand and also forms from Canada. I love the texture of the small offcut side and I am inspired to use this texture in further pieces. The title sort of refers to the travels mentioned above but also to the turning motion of the form itself. Someone seeing this second piece commissioned a third and this is the latest.


balance - 2016 (SOLD)
balance

I had an offcut from a circle I was using in” between the moon and stars” and it was too nice to just get rid of it. I added the scalloping and then thought a ball rolling up and down the curve would be lovely. I then had to add a character to it and I did toy with work- life balance as the title as this is something so many struggle with. In the end I thought balance was more universal (I am a Libran) and I am content with its solidity and simplicity


Ballet Girl - 2016
Ballet Girl

I have done a number of girls where their dresses were including stone , marble or concrete. This is the next in the “series”.I do like trying to capture grace beauty and movement and as I am not greatly blessed with any of these properties to be able to depict it in metal and stone is wonderful to me. Something as fleeting as this pose can be captured as it initially was on some image I found on Instagram or Pinterest. She does have a certain hood ornament aspect to her  but the car that she fitted would have to be impressively big. Maybe that will be my next project…. Not!


between the moon and stars - 2016
between the moon and stars

I was looking at a wooden sculpture on Instagram and it had scalloped edges. I thought I would do this on a circle form and I then decided to reflect the circle by making a truncated cone as the base. I had lots of plasma offcuts at the time and thought that the contrast in texture would be a delight. Finally, I decided that to make a moon and stars and a girl would be the way to have an interesting “picture” with abstract elements around. It is sort of romantic in feeling and I am delighted with the colours and its freshness. I decided the whole circle form was too containing and cut it off to allow the moon and stars to reach the sky.


big girl 1 - 2016
big girl 1

I used to sketch quite often and I loved doing portraits. I had done a few of these with wire and when the last one sold I thought to do another piece like this. However I had a new plasma-cutter and I decided to try to draw with that and see how fine I could get it. I was looking on Instagram and found a nice pose of a girl and thought I could redraw that first of all in the sketch book and then see what I could do with the plasma-cutter Having done a small girl I thought to do a bigger piece and this is the result.


Bull head - 2016 (SOLD)
Bull head
an order for a friend
Butterfly - 2016
Butterfly

I saw a lovely piece of woodwork on Instagram with this shape developed in a much more complex and rhythmic way. I see resonances with spider webs and looking into the form I see elements of a maltese cross However in positioning it on the stand so it had dynamism it seemed to call for the finishing details to make the butterfly. The two sides sort of suggest flapping and it is the only one  where I have used this open structure. The circles came from an ex student from a site he was working on and I wanted to use the rhythmic repetition to add to the lightness of the piece. I am quite delighted with it  and its simplicity.


cannon - 2016 (SOLD)
cannon
an order from a friend.. I happened to have a metal ball that approximated a cannonball and this set the dimensions for everything else.Fun
cocky - 2016 (SOLD)
cocky

 I must admit I love these big birds. They seem so playful and intelligent. When I was growing up it was common for people to have a cocky chained to a stand as a companion pet. Fantastic thing to be able to interact with ( feed  biscuits) maybe not so much fun for the cocky. We also used to have budgies and canaries in cages but it just does not seem right to me now. I had a sculpture which had the stand as part of its construction and when I dismantled the sculpture the stand called out for a cocky to sit on it. I also was attempting to make him into a balance piece with a weight slung under him but it proved too awkward for me to manage. He is now welded to the perch  and is in a sulk… won’t eat biscuits or anything. Mind you I don’t think he can fly all that well anyway..


edna as a scarecrow - 2016
edna as a scarecrow
edna for the scarecrow festival
empty Piano - 2016 (SOLD)
empty Piano
I am not sure where this idea came from but it came with a sort of urgency, I had done lots of line drawings in bar years ago but rarely a 3-d version . The idea of the left over nots just jumbled in the bottom appealed too and the whole thing came together fairly rapidly.I wanted to get many of the details right and originally I was going to do a grand piano but this one seemed reasonably achievable and it needed to be white to stand out on the grass. Whimsy I guess but quite satisfying
Engine no 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
Engine no 2

I was asked earlier this year to make a smallish train letterbox for a client. I did that and when I was looking through my pile of metal an old sewing machine called to me and said ” I could be an engine too”. My engineer Grandad used to drive a small engine ( sort of like this) at a timber mill at Britannia Creek . Most of this design has developed around the form of the sewing machine and other bits to hand  .I have included a piece of rail as the area to shovel in coal and a rail plate as the support for the engine. A friend dropped off a group of the rail hold downs (?) just before I started making this so I used one as the hook at the back. Just fun and decreasing my pile!


Euroseed - 2016
Euroseed

This piece inspired by the animation for this years Eurovision.I often think of what materials I have access to and in this I used a bike wheel rim and horse wire ( was coated in white plastic) . It was a bit awkward to make but the end product is not too bad. If it ever becomes a dandelion it will be one heck of a plant!


Eye on the ball( the game) - 2016
Eye on the ball( the game)
feather - 2016 (SOLD)
feather

This piece was made for the Neerim Sth sculpture show called inspired by birds. I had the idea of a giant feather and as it progressed I decided it needed extra bird forms with it. The ring had sat against my tree for nearly a year so it was sitting at the back of my head suggesting I use it. I had done something slightly similar a couple of years ago where I used the ring form and a flock of birds flying through for the same show.The birds are from Corten steel so will turn a nice rusty brown and this will contrast nicely with the black feather and the silver ring.


Flywheel - 2016
Flywheel

I love words that you get used to and then suddenly think about them again and see quite different interpretations of them. I was demolishing a sculpture( the motion detector) and the wheel at the top was such a lovely wheel that I had to think up something to do it justice( it spins beautifully.. Try it) Anyway quite a few of my pieces have to do with wings and flight and the two words of course became one and that tickled me anyway. I cut out the feathers using the plasma cutter and the basic piece is up and … flying!.


Gateway between worlds - 2016 (SOLD)
Gateway between worlds

 I was playing with forms from my pile and the circle was one( an old basketball ring). I added the birds and thought it a bit plain so the fairy was added and it suggests to me a portal between two different worlds. The world of Fairie and the natural world. I have been reading a number of books recently which have suggested this idea and I think this is a fun interpretation.


Girl and Bird - 2016 (SOLD)
Girl and Bird
I did some sketches in my book and one was of a girl holding a bird. I have done a smaller version but that seemed a long while ago. As I drew out the design I was puzzled as to what to do her dress with as many others I have used rock, concrete, junk off cuts etc. I cut up sheet steel panels from cars, refrigerators and tanks fairly often and there are always small pieces left which I then cut into flowers or leaves to make flowers on sticks with. I had quite a bucket of them and decided to use them as her covering .I think she works wonderfully and we all enjoy that feeling when a wild creature trusts us enough to eat out of our hands.
Hanging on - 2016 (SOLD)
Hanging on

Again part of a recycled sculpture ( the ball)..I woke up one morning and I remembered one of the pieces in the pile had almost the same radius as the ball and it sort of developed from there..I did a piece last year with a structure like this base and I felt it was time to continue exploring the idea. The character was added almost last of all ( as soon as I checked there was room for him to spin) and I feel this reflects quite a lot of our experiences.. a structured environment, a world of junk and the way we cling to this chaos…. because we are used to it.


Holy Dollar - 2016
Holy Dollar

I have a plasma cutter and I had the idea a while ago of doing a large dollar coin cutting out all the different parts with the plasma cutter I do like money but I also am not sure about the “grow or die” statements that seem to occur in our society. When house prices are exorbitant and companies seem to concentrate on financial dealing rather than producing things, providing jobs and being good citizens then I feel we are worshipping money over common sense. My dollar is both Holy and Holey as well as being almost insubstantial . It is a subtle comment but one that I do feel strongly about.


Jan's fairy - 2016 (SOLD)
Jan's fairy
an order from a client meant to utilize old boiler plates.
Jan's Garden sculpture - 2016 (SOLD)
Jan's Garden sculpture
I did this piece in response to a request from a client to use some of the interesting materials from her property to create a sculpture that was appropriate and restful. I used the wave forms as the basic structure and the pipes are at the bottom ( buried) and the implements etc are at the top.. digging etc.
Looking ahead - 2016 (SOLD)
Looking ahead

 I was looking through Instagram and there was a lovely curved bench top. In my brain that makes connections all over, I thought the form would be great for a girls head and more particularly her hair. This is actually a combination of a technique I used for a portrait piece and my combination of junk pieces. I was thinking of calling it Bad hair day but it seemed too mundane.. she actually is leaving all the “junk” behind her as she looks towards the future.. a much more positive interpretation.


Lyrebird - 2016 (SOLD)
Lyrebird
I wanted to do a lyrebird for some time now.. finally got it done and it went away. yay mostly...
Max's Birds ( family group) - 2016
Max's Birds ( family group)

We had an exhibition in the gallery called Joan and the Jindi kids and one of the pieces inspired me to make my version of it with only three birds but with roughly the same simplicity. Sometimes I have been inspired by the greats such as Monet but this time Max Brown was my starting point.


memorial - 2016 (SOLD)
memorial
This was a piece to remember a small girl who died. The grandparents commissioned it and they suggested some of the imagery. I am quite pleased that my art can be used for such a purpose
Night Swimmer - 2016 (SOLD)
Night Swimmer

I found this little picture on the internet a while ago and I loved the curve in the dress and general pose. I did a basic sketch in the sketch book and when I was looking for another piece to do this surfaced, For some reason I had put the semicircle frame outside my shed door and this immediately suggested an echo/ resonance an in my mind I composed the piece. I also found the thick flat bar in my rack and this suggested a solid sort of structure that I might mosaic on the inside and cover with a holey sheet on the outside. The stars and other details suggested themselves almost immediately as the form of holes and then the floating starts. I am delighted with how she turned out although she did take longer than I expected.


noughts and crosses set - 2016 (SOLD)
noughts and crosses set
an order from a client, He was buying large tiles to set in the ground and there were enough noughts and crosses to play the game( with lifters and a stand)
Quartet - 2016 (SOLD)
Quartet

I draw quite well at times.. and when we went to see the Melbourne chamber orchestra virtuosi I did some sketches of them playing. When I do this sort of thing I give the sketches to the musicians as they will probably mean more to them than to me. If I have the Ipad there I will photograph the sketches and this time I did just that.



 I was sitting looking at my “pile “ later and wondering what to do with an old ladder that was in there.



Somehow the ideas came together and there seemed to be 5 spaces and 4 sketches . In looking as to what was 5/4 time the most common example is the mission impossible theme and that was what I used for the musical part.


red umbrella - 2016 (SOLD)
red umbrella

I suspect it was off Instagram that I saw an umbrella and thought that I could make an umbrella using my plasma offcuts.. not entirely practical but quite attractive, It was going to be up in the sky but as it neared completion the weight tended to preclude that. I found a large I beam offcut at the metal sales place and this was cut to make the base of this piece. A number of people thought it would look better upside down but it is the outside of the piece that is fully welded and finished.


Riverbank - 2016 (SOLD)
Riverbank
I had done a sketch of a split circle and I thought it was a good time to make it as I had lots of plasma cutting offcuts to use for the covering. As I progressed I toyed with several ideas for what would separate the two halves, junk, small characters ,bar and each one was either a repeat of an idea I had previously done or wasn’t saying something. I had been playing with some rock and concrete and the idea occurred of using river pebbles and once I had sourced some this developed nicely. Still I hadn’t decided on what was the centre and the idea of the riverbank and grass and insects occurred and this is the end result
Romeo and Juliet - 2016 (SOLD)
Romeo and Juliet

I often start from inspiration from odd pieces in my pile. In this case I was recycling part of an old sculpture( the chain) and I was exploring ideas and combinations. It kept getting more complicated but it didn’t have any real direction.. the moment I added the two characters it started creating a whole story. I like the range of parts and the interaction and it seems to work much better that where it was heading.


send recieve - 2016
send recieve
I did an umbrella recently and had lots of comments when I posted it on its side.. I thought about it and considered that I could do something similar but like a radio dish or an old fashioned microphone. I also had some limestone to work with and thought this would be an ideal focus for the dish. I must admit I do feel much of what is transmitted on TV, the internet and on other media platforms is mostly junk and that resonates nicely with my dish. There is a kernel of value and the stone part sort of reflects this.
Seskis Heart - 2016 (SOLD)
Seskis Heart
Some people came to the garden and saw another piece called Layers of love and commissioned this piece. It had to have the 3 hearts, 3 kids and music forms and a dragonfly
Shark 2 - 2016
Shark 2
I had done a shark fin piece once before with a smoothish grey shape on one side and white teeth on the other. I have a girl who comes and welds on a Tuesday and she made a piece using teeth on a tooth. It did look good but she took it apart after a while and left the teeth in the pile. I had seen another deign somewhere of a triangle covered with smaller triangles and this also had a part, I made more teeth, incorporated the fin shape into the moth and used another piece from the pile as a base
shell - 2016 (SOLD)
shell
I did this piece to use up pebbles and offcuts. It worked out quite well although I had to get more pebbles.It has one "solid" side and the other with a swirl of river pebbles. It sold quite quickly
sleeping duck - 2016 (SOLD)
sleeping duck

I have done a couple of duck forms using corten steel and river pebbles and this is the latest in response to a request from a client. I tucked its head in more and made the eye closed. I was delighted with its simple but graceful form and the client was very happy with it.


slouching eiffel - 2016 (SOLD)
slouching eiffel
an order from a client
Swirl - 2016 (SOLD)
Swirl

I had bought a small bag of river pebbles to use in the riverbank piece and after I had used them I still had ¾ bag left and it was leaking . I have enough things in my shed to trip me or turn my ankle so I thought the best solution would be to make it into a piece and this form suggested itself. It also allowed me to use a lot of my offcuts of mesh and although not perfect it does do the job. I do like the contrast of colours and textures .


swirl girl 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
swirl girl 2
this is the second swirl girl I have done.for an order
The Things we do for love - 2016 (SOLD)
The Things we do for love

I did another piece using a ladder as the starting point. This is the other half of the ladder and it was sitting in the shed for a while. I had done 5 or 6 sketches on how to use it and this was one idea,.It is similar to another piece I have done at least in intention but the range of challenges I have prepared for my climber is quite different.



I don’t think many people have to do a sleeping beauty act of heroism to find their true love but we all do go through worries, puzzles, misinterpretations and these challenges are sort of echoed in this climb….. 


Train Mailbox - 2016 (SOLD)
Train Mailbox
an order from a client
Treble cliff - 2016 (SOLD)
Treble cliff
I had the idea of doing this from several of my other pieces which had a swirl form. This functional form is so lovely and I have covered the back with plasma cutting offcuts and the front with broken concrete to give it a rocky form. I like the cliff similarity to the word clef and my little girl is in full control just enjoying the view from the clifftop
Trinity - 2016 (SOLD)
Trinity

I had bought a small pile of limestone and was a bit hesitant about using it.. fear of the unknown really.  Anyway I had an idea of a rock suspended at the centre of a circular form and it mostly developed from there. The pattern is from the randomness of using plasma cut offcuts but the fact that three is represented in the piece is what has given it its name. I do like the simplicity of the composition and although lots of symbolism can be read into the form that was not the original plan.



The limestone was delightful to use and it is the first of several pieces using this medium.


Ugly duckling 2 - 2016
Ugly duckling 2
I had made an ugly duckling previously and a friend had expressed interest but I sold it before she gt it. Hence I made another.. improved by using river stones in the wings rather than the body and one side being made of pieces and the other side being made of sheet. Someone said its more of a magpie goose but whichever way it is interpreted it actually hearks back to a Canadian piece I saw years ago.
Ups and Downs - 2016
Ups and Downs

 I went to the metal recycler to drop off my scrap and gather new pieces for my sculptures and these wonderful forms were there. I think they are grain or feed movers and were originally inside a pipe. I didn’t make the beautiful spirals but they did call to me and hence I brought them home, played with them and set them in the circle. It seems to be appropriate to call it ups and downs as really there is no clear direction and certainly we all have our ups and downs in our lives.


wooden Heart - 2016
wooden Heart
I done a piece a while ago using ago metal frame and wooden infill. This was a large horse and this piece developed from seeing a small framed wooden heart on intagram. That was on a wall and I had the thought of doing a wonderful big piece. I used to love the old Elvis song “wooden heart”. And he commented he didn’t have a wooden heart… but I have!.. I thought it had some negative connotations but the size tends to counteract that and it is “ solid” natural and “yours” so in all it feels a very positive message
a Structured life - 2015 (SOLD)
a Structured life
Well I barely finished this piece and someone bought it....It was based on a bracelet piece I saw in a magazine but it evolved into a piece that commented how we build structures around our lives , although we have a solid core but if you can think in a slightly different way the structures can be avoided
ark - 2015 (Recycled)
ark
I have done a number of pieces using a rock, and this is the latest in the series. I have made the base from plasma cut off cuts and this sort of represents a chaotic and junky world. The ring allows me to suggest waves and my people are either really positive about the ark or couldn’t care less. My ark is suggested by the boat shaped rock and this is my approximation of the earth. It is sailing through the sky and hence the moon shaped sail.
ark( modified) - 2015 (SOLD)
ark( modified)

I have done a number of pieces using a boat, and this is the latest in the series. I have made the base from plasma cut off cuts and this sort of represents a chaotic and junky world. The ring allows me to suggest waves and my people are either really positive about the ark or couldn’t care less. My ark is suggested by the boat It is sailing through the sky  and hence the moon shaped sail. It sold at Somers art fair 2015


Big pig 4 - 2015 (SOLD)
Big pig 4
again made to go to the truffle festival
bird world - 2015 (SOLD)
bird world

Not my idea but I did see an image of birds flying around a circle and I thought of redeveloping it in metal with cut out birds and a junk ball. There are environmental aspects if you want to see them but really it was more a lovely image that suited my work..



 


birds of paradise - 2015 (SOLD)
birds of paradise
I have done a few pieces this year using smallish circles and this is the most recent. I have started using some of my heavy metal forms as pedestals and this seems to present work simply and effectively. I was thinking how to use the circle and the idea of birds and people occupying the same space eg in a tree and with a very different scale to reality came to mind. Is it the Tree of paradise? can we talk with the animals? is it just a whimsical interaction?…. Well, all of the above or none…it was a fun idea and it follows along from a few of my small pieces where a change of scale creates different interactions.   
Birds of paradise 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Birds of paradise 2
I have done a few pieces this year using smallish circles and this is the most recent. I have started using some of my heavy metal forms as pedestals and this seems to present work simply and effectively. I was thinking how to use the circle and the idea of birds and people occupying the same space eg in a tree and with a very different scale to reality came to mind. Is it the Tree of paradise? can we talk with the animals? is it just a whimsical interaction?…. Well, all of the above or none…it was a fun idea and it follows along from a few of my small pieces where a change of scale creates different interactions.   
Birds on a wire - 2015 (SOLD)
Birds on a wire
I made a series of birds for a small exhibition. I was trying out a slightlt different construction technique to what I had used in the past and although they attracted a bit of attention they didnt find a home. Ihad a series of rings made at Warragul steel and I thought to combine them also with one of my little figures . I had done a piece called bird on a wire in the past but this is much bigger and involves the tree birds and the girl. A simple composition but sort of fun.
Chris's Lake - 2015 (SOLD)
Chris's Lake
I did a lake piece last year and it did look beautiful. A friend looking through the sculpture garden saw it and asked if I could do a similar piece, on a taller stand, with a character fishing in the lake and with a poem by her on the back for her husband's 60th birthday. This is the result
country girl - 2015
country girl

 



I have been using pieces from my pile as a starting point for some of my sculptures. Someone had given me these large off cuts of Murray Pine and I decided to make support structures from them. I then took a circle form that was also in the pile and started to think what I could do with it. I decided to make an abstract landscape form and paint parts of it in different colours. It all looked good but seemed to lack the human element and I added this girl to appreciate the landscape. Hence this composition , which is “Country girl”. A simple idea really, the circle being the oneness with the environment, the tree forms and the slope in the distance of a crop.


country links - 2015
country links

I was given this wonderful rusted thing that is dragged behind a tractor to break up dirt. It has the most interesting texture .I wanted to do a new piece for the art Gippsland show and this came together fairly easily. I do like the symbolism as it suggests family and community and how some links are strong and others are weak or nearly broken. The circle does give a sense of unity.Went to the Warragul art show and also sculptures in the vineyard at Lucinda winery.


creation ( modified) - 2015 (SOLD)
creation ( modified)
I went to an art talk in May 2011 called the Sex lectures where local artist Bec Van Dyk illustrated a Monash lecturer’s talk. One of the images was similar to this piece but a bit more symmetrical. I didn’t get that much out of the show but I did like this form so I have appropriated it for this piece. As it has something to do with reproduction I have included a little person in there too. The shape is just a touch more pill shaped on the outside than Bec’s and I feel this also refers to how we expect pills to do whatever we want in this manner. Certainly a pill is used to stop getting pregnant and we now have medical methods to help getting pregnant. In 2015 I added the heart as the big negative shape obviously wasn’t working. Also any creation needs a bit of love involved. 
dancing girl - 2015 (SOLD)
dancing girl
I did this piece because I had done a series of girls using steel and stone and most of them were gone . I love this piece because it uses such solid materials of stone and steel to capture a transitory moment in dance
Dancing girl 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Dancing girl 2
I did this piece because I had done a series of girls using steel and stone and most of them were gone ( sold… feeling like a slaver!) . I love this piece because it uses such solid materials of stone and steel to capture a transitory moment in dance Again I can’t dance with anywhere the grace and beauty of many other people but I love to see how much control they have over something that in my case just clunks along.
dancing girl firebird - 2015 (SOLD)
dancing girl firebird

Neerim Sth fire brigade gave me a pile of expired fire extinguishers and I had previously used a fire extinguisher as a reading girl. I thought to make a bit more active idea and my new girl is quite an adolescent with all gawky arms and legs. She does look like she is having fun and  throwing herself enthusiastically into the part. ( The fire bird was a ballet by Stravinsky)and hence the title is quite appropriate to my extinguisher inspired piece


Don Barret creation - 2015
Don Barret creation
Don gave me a wooden model of this piece and it took me a year to get around to getting it done. The "wings are Corten steel so they will rust and then stop and the ball is coated in penetrol to keep it shiny.
dragon girl - 2015 (SOLD)
dragon girl
I had been making a series of small dragonfly forms for the market and I seemed to recall a fairy type image from my childhood.. might have been Arthur Rackham .. and it seemed appropriate to make this whimsical piece. Magic things dragonflies.. I have made a few poor imitations in my time but the reality of them always delights me…and my girl was from another sculpture where she was not being loved so now she has a better chance at appreciation
Eagle - 2015 (SOLD)
Eagle
an order from an ex student
family hearts - 2015 (SOLD)
family hearts
This is not the piece.. but it is similar.. I forgot to photograph it . It is higher.. basically the same form although tipped a bit more and with three female characters on it.
football sculpture - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
football sculpture
a request to make a piece that was football based for a raffle
Foundation - 2015 (SOLD)
Foundation

I had been passing a large concrete square outside the Robin Hood Hotel for months. It was just leaning up against the fence and seemed unloved. I could picture all kinds of uses in sculpture for it so finally I went and offered some money for it. They gave it to me and I took it home. It had a few major cracks through it ( and it was bloody heavy) so I cut it up along the breaks. This piece suggested a structure that could be placed on a pedestal. Most of the other ideas came quickly after I had the piece defined. I see it as a strong foundation for a love..and the use of concrete , I beam and reo rod, all help to give it an engineering structure ( foundation) and that even though there are some broken bits and bits to struggle through the end result( a strong love) is worth it.Won best sculpture at Tyers art show 2015



Foundation“ was made in 2015 from new and recycled steel  and concrete bits.


goblet( aid to communication) - 2015
goblet( aid to communication)
done for the Jindi sculpture show, went to Narkoojee winery as part of the sculpture show
Hillside - 2015 (SOLD)
Hillside
I saw a piece of art with a wavy line and wondered what that would inspire in me. It eventually harked back to a lovely piece I had seen by Fred Williams where he had a quarter circle with a few trees on it as a hillside and I had always admired the simplicity of the form. As I made the piece I decided to add my girl sitting on one of the fallen trees enjoying the view out over farmland. This also had a suggestion of a painting by McCubbin( I think) called “Whelan on the log”. I thought a poem about a hillside would add to the effect and when I showed the design to a poet he came up with quite a strong environmental piece. My wife overhearing also came up with a poem of similar intensity. I love it all!
Impermanence - 2015
Impermanence

We all feel as though we will live forever at times but usually this is not the case.”Impermanence” is made from a group of pieces that sat in the pile for a while. Sometimes it works like that…. pieces just suggest an arrangement and often I will subconsciously create. I had seen a piece on the internet where there was a turned form inside a tree trunk and I thought I could do something similar … but wood inside steel I like the idea of impermanence when several of the elements here almost say we are going to be here forever as they are so solid and heavy….. but of course they are not and the rust on the wheel, the downward slide of the spiral, and the texture on the red-gum suggest this. The wheel can suggest the “wheel of life” and this also helps it fit with the red-gum and other pieces. I think it will outlive me but a time will come


Karen's Horse - 2015 (SOLD)
Karen's Horse
an order that I had left for a while.. finally done
Kerries Heart - 2015 (SOLD)
Kerries Heart
Kerrie wanted this for a relative. It has two small girls, and a cat.
moon river - 2015 (SOLD)
moon river
I often start from inspiration from odd pieces in my pile. Someone had left the moon shaped piece near my gallery and it started a set of ideas that culminated in this piece. I had the circles made for a couple of other ideas and I was experimenting with different Pedestal forms. The I beam came from a demolished large veranda at the back of the house and I was thinking how to start using it. Moon river was a song made famous by the movie “Breakfast and Tiffanys” and was written in 1961 by Johnny Mercer. I must admit I do try to sing it from time to time
Mountain - 2015
Mountain

I had this girl and initially she was called” eco warrior”. She stood proud for a few years but no one seemed to identify with the piece. I also had a piece called “my special place” where I had a girl sitting on a large rock. I did like the form of this but thought that a combination of sorts would work well. The chain is from some old piece of farm machinery but is quite beautiful I think. I do like my ladder and for me even climbing such a ladder would be challenging. Her “mountain” has been conquered. She obviously has achieved her goal and we all have goals of sorts in our lives. May all your mountains be conquerable.


music machine - 2015 (SOLD)
music machine
I wanted to make a sound sculpture using a variety of the materials and items I had been given such as a bell form and an old cymbal
music machine2 - 2015 (SOLD)
music machine2
an order for a client
My special place 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
My special place 2
I sold the first one and another person rang up within the week asking to buy it so I have done a similar piece
Ocean - 2015
Ocean
I have been looking at Pintrest and an idea was shown of a screen with moon and stars. I put it in the back of my head until this piece was developing and it has provided the backdrop to my lonely sailor.. I have made a few pieces with mirror also this year and the idea of the mirror being the water was quite attractive. As to a meaning… well we are all on the ocean of life.. searching…That will probably do but I do like the sort of seaweed effect of the support bars and shape and the circular nature of the top reflects the horizon and the round world.Went to Dromana art show.and also Burnley harbour in 2015
Part of the story 2 - 2015
Part of the story 2

I did this piece for the Dunkeld sculpture show. I have had a bit to do with Dunkeld. When we lived at Mortlake we would go up to the Grampians to pick up redgum sleeper off-cuts for my own use and for the students I taught . I also was involved in the Mortlake Historical society and of course there were quite a few links with the discovery and settlement of the Western District. Hence my piece reflects that, with a number of common images of Dunkeld ( Mt Sturgeon) Kangaroos and racing but I have also included a number of historical woodwork tools( a chisel and a vice screw ) as well as a number of references to farming and transport as both have played a part in the continued viability of the town. There are also 2 aboriginal based images which possibly have a bit more to do with the actual Grampians than the town but it does reference the original inhabitants. The piece is called part of the story as a single sculpture cannot reference all the different aspects of the town but I do feel it matches the theme of people and place… in this case quite  specifically Dunkeld.


part of the story( Dunkeld) - 2015 (SOLD)
part of the story( Dunkeld)
I did this piece for the Dunkeld sculpture show. I have had a bit to do with Dunkeld. When we lived at Mortlake we would go up to the Grampians to pick up redgum sleeper off-cuts for my own use and for the students I taught . I also was involved in the Mortlake Historical society and of course there were quite a few links with the discovery and settlement of the Western District. Hence my piece reflects that, with a number of common images of Dunkeld ( Mt Sturgeon) Kangaroos and racing but I have also included a number of historical woodwork tools( a chisel and a vice screw ) as well as a number of references to farming and transport as both have played a part in the continued viability of the town. There are also 2 aboriginal based images which possibly have a bit more to do with the actual Grampians than the town but it does reference the original inhabitants. The piece is called part of the story as a single sculpture cannot reference all the different aspects of the town but I do feel it matches the theme of people and place… in this case quite specifically Dunkeld.
patched - 2015 (SOLD)
patched
I recently( end of 2014) had a pace maker inserted into my heart . and they did a great job quickly and painlessly. Hence I was thinking about this aspect of life and decided to make a big sculpture expressing some elements of it. I decided that rather than make it all about me I would do it in such a way that it can also be when we help others get over a broken heart. I have done something on a similar them in the past but this one uses the small piece technique and I do like my little characters doing their best.
Plague - 2015 (SOLD)
Plague

With giant companies paying no tax in the countries they operate in, with politicians having little vision for the good of the country but only keeping their mates in industry happy and with vacuous words spoken in lip-service to climate change the only thing that seems to be of value in the world is money. I wanted to make a piece showing the fracturing of the worlds continents .I wanted to say that now people put the accumulation of little bits of green paper ahead of an awareness of the planet and its needs. I wanted to show that money is no respecter of borders and that it is like a plague that has covered the globe to the exclusion of all else. 


Plein Air Girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Plein Air Girl

I have done a series of long dressed girls in a form similar to this. This piece was an order and had a specific place to go. I do love some of the paintings by Monet of ladies out in the open enjoying the breezs but this girl needs it to be a bit still so her canvas wont blow away.She seems pretty “grounded” to me.



 


pool - 2015 (SOLD)
pool
This piece was originally called Life Cycles and it had a bike wheel where the birdbath is. My granddaughter accidently broke the birdbath stand and a suggestion from another friend a while ago suggested that this would be a better solution.
Red Finch - 2015 (SOLD)
Red Finch

A while ago I made a large Blue Wren the scale of which was quite impressive. The person who bought it expressed an interest in a big finch to accompany it and I finally got around to making it. I used a slightly different technique on this piece making it up of lots of small patches which although it took longer has a sort of feathered effect..It is always interesting to change the scale of things as it makes you consider what is and what could be.


Reflective 1 - 2015
Reflective 1
I have been involved with mirrors nearly all my life.. I have a memory of standing in my cot and watching my reflection in a mirror. I have used them happily on the car and in several recent pieces and this is the next in what is going to be a recurring idea. I was always impressed by Magritte’s painting and I thought that if I made a human form in a reflective pose, and filled it with mirror pieces it would suggest the many parts that make up ourselves and that you would be the person in the mirror but not in the expected way.
Reflective 2 - 2015
Reflective 2
I have been involved with mirrors nearly all my life.. I have a memory of standing in my cot and watching my reflection in a mirror. I have used them happily on the car and in several recent pieces and this is the next in what is going to be a recurring idea. I was always impressed by Magritte’s painting and I thought that if I made a human form in a reflective pose, and filled it with mirror pieces it would suggest the many parts that make up ourselves and that you would be the person in the mirror but not in the expected way.Also when viewed from the back it gives no hint of the reflective side and sometimes we see people as sort of a shadow and sometimes we see them as how they reflect elements of ourselves
Roger's DNA - 2015 (SOLD)
Roger's DNA
Roger was retiring from DSC and wanted to leave the school a lasting element reflecting his teaching. Initially I was a bit hesitant at doing the double helix form but Roger offered me a number of possibilities and this is the result I was commissioned to make this piece and the cutting out and placement of the repetitive elements was a little challenge. It is mainly in Corten steel so it will rust nicely and it should fit into a garden or some such place.
sailing ship firepit - 2015
sailing ship firepit

One of my ex students asked me to make a fire pit in the form of a sailing ship. This is my version of it. The pipes at the bottom are to keep the fire from burning out the base and the sails easily remove if the fire is too intense. My suspicion is that he has forgotten about it so here it is available to the wider world



Fire ships seemed to be used in historic times to ram the enemy and set them on fire…mine isn’t ramming anyone unless you walk into it!.


saxophone - 2015 (SOLD)
saxophone
This was an order for a friend
she;s not there( recycled) - 2015
she;s not there( recycled)

 



…There is an old Zombies song called “she’s not there” and I liked the idea of how often the girls I see are distracted by the “reality” that they live through their phones rather than engage with the real world and “real people” I also did this to explore the effect of negative space and initially where the stars are was a girl shaped hole. I had another piece with a similar negative space and it also wasn’t enjoyed so I added a form into the space and it became very popular. The message this gives is slightly different from the original intent but I do like the girl among the stars aspect to it .There is an element of loss but also an element of not losing too. 


skipping with red boots - 2015 (SOLD)
skipping with red boots

I did a sketch at a market of a small girl skipping along looking at stuff. The sketch became a small watercolour and then this piece. I think I have captured a degree of the joy of having new boots and my girl seems fairly happy with my portrayal.


slip sliding away - 2015 (SOLD)
slip sliding away

I saw a shape like this on pintrest and thought it would be lovely to do in metal. Instead of just the circle at the centre I added the rock which gives it much more focus and “gravity”. The title came to me after listening to a Paul Simon song and the circle seems to have slipped from where it should be..My comment is that with lots of changes in the world around us there is still a core of belief or identity that remains untouched. 


slip sliding away 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
slip sliding away 2

I did a work this year titled “slip sliding away” and it had a largish rock in the centre. I entered it in a show but some lovely people bought it before the show eventuated. I rapidly made this piece but I had no appropriate rock so the ball form sufficed. The piece looks a bit Daily Planetish ( superman comic reference) but I do like the form and the angle it is on. It did win best sculpture at the great Australian art show so I can’t have done too bad.Went also to the Sculptures in the vineyard at Lucinda winery .


small drip - 2015 (SOLD)
small drip

I have made a couple of big drips in the past using a similar technique..They go away reasonably quickly and I am a bit lost without their lovely shapes around. I had a smallish circle in my pile and decided that I would use this as the basis of a small drip sculpture… I just love the sense of flow, hanging and form.


small drip 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
small drip 2
I have made a couple of big drips in the past using a similar technique..They go away reasonably quickly and I am a bit lost without their lovely shapes around. I had a smallish circle in my pile and decided that I would use this as the basis of a small drip sculpture… The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes I just love the sense of flow, hanging and form
snail - 2015
snail

This was an order from a client. I had used this method on a number of my other sculptures and it seemed ideal for this project.


solar - 2015
solar

A simple piece in that the main form of the outer shape was already in existence in my pile.. I think it is a tractor gear (driving tracks) . Anyway the shape was so strong and lovely it almost could be presented by itself but I felt it needed a little addition of the ball in the centre.. and the stand of course. I have been using this technique on a number of pieces lately and I enjoy the contrast of the small tiny “ragged” sphere to the strength and solidity of the gear shape.It reminded me of a sun type of image , hence the name.


song sung blue Laurie Collins - 2015 (SOLD)
song sung blue Laurie Collins
With the Hot August Night show I wanted to do some sort of guitar form. The idea of a blue guitar form was in my head and the alternate title of Play me” also seemed sort of appropriate. However I used the other title on a small watercolour sketch sothis became “song sung blue” and yes I know it is a guitar but perhaps it is the missing guitar from the original cover shot of Neil playing in one interpretation  Air Guitar
Songbird - 2015 (SOLD)
Songbird
I saw a picture on Pintrest which combined music notes with a bird form and I have done quite a few birdlike shapes so I decided to do my own take on the idea…It came out a bit more formal than I particularly wanted but it did express the idea and soon sold.
stone pig - 2015 (SOLD)
stone pig
Made too go to the truffle festival thanks for the suggestion Graham Duell.
Sues Pig - 2015 (SOLD)
Sues Pig
an order from a friend
Sues small drip - 2015 (SOLD)
Sues small drip
an order for a friend's present
Swirl Girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Swirl Girl

I have a number of dancing girls in the past but this one I have added swirls to the dress , made it more interesting and changed the pose .I do like this girl and the grace of the pose and the overall beauty is something I certainly can never achieve dancing.As Chance the Gardener says in” being there”… I like to watch. 


The birdsong machine 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
The birdsong machine 2

I made a piece a while ago called the expulsion machine and it had wheels, a trumpet form and complex bits.. I didn’t explore the idea very much and I was looking through some of my older ideas and decided I could do a bit more with that form. I did another piece called the birdsong machine  and this is the next in the series. I am delighted I could use an  two old sewing machines as part of its “engine” and the birds are all drawn to the musicality of the beast. Mind you perhaps like dog whistles, it is creating a sound which is inaudible to us..Just a fine piece of fun.. 


Though we are but 1/2 a world away - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Though we are but 1/2 a world away
This piece was done for the 10th art workshop in Thailand.It was made with the cooperation of a number of students from the Poh Chang academy. Rajamangala University in Bankok. Part of what was created was roughly sketched beforehand but modifications were made as it became clear what was available to work with. I wanted to show two people though separated by a big world could have a similar outlook. The structure to hold the globe was like the cradle of a sextant or one of those old globe of the world holders from the 17th century. There are forms of chaos in the curve showing we exist in a chaotic state and the curves also suggest waves which separate us. 
Together - 2015 (SOLD)
Together

I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea of a more 3-D heart from what I had been doing. I have been making metal frames inside my sculptures and I thought to do this for her. My characters help give greater meaning to the piece as it looks without either it would not stand. Surely that is how any relationship works so my title I hope implies the intention of the sculpture


xmas tree - 2015 (SOLD)
xmas tree
This piece is sort of an order. I am with a group that has the job of decorating a room in the Johnson Collection(a house in East Melbourne). The idea was to make a tree which would allow a range of other local craft items to be hung from it so here is a 2 m Xmas tree
above the chaos - 2014 (SOLD)
above the chaos
I had the idea of covering a ball form with lots of plasma cut offcuts.. it suggested movement so the original base was left and I used an old cement mixer stand as the basis of the base.. I certainly modified it.. and then I could make the ball spin. The two characters are above the chaos sort of like I feel living out here
all a flutter - 2014 (SOLD)
all a flutter
I did a piece for a show at Neerim using bird silhouettes and the idea still had lots of exploring left in it. I had some heart forms made and I decided to combine a heart shape with the bird shapes as well as a 3-d bird. The title suggested itself and in looking on the net there are lots of bird and heart combinations.Is it the lightness of feeling that we get when we are in love that suggests a bird… is it that our hearts are “ a flutter” ? We do have love birds( not love dogs or love horses) . I am not entirely sure what I am trying to say with this combination.. only that the pieces all seem to go together and it does seem somehow light hearted and delightful.. to me at least.This piece sold through the CAS show in Richmond
Barrell Girl - 2014 (SOLD)
Barrell Girl
A friend gave me an old concrete mixer. I used the base for the base of above the chaos" an dthe drum had a range of possibilities from a pipe to a balloon to a girls skirt. Needless to say which one won out. I had done a similar girl years ago but had not done anything quite so quirky for a while so with the Meeniyan exhibition approaching I thought she would be a good asset in the show.Not a lot of meaning other than like most of my girls she is confident and sure of herself and we all need positive things like this around to give us support
BBSN sculpture sign - 2014 (SOLD)
BBSN sculpture sign
an order
With this piece I worked with Bens original design.It has the “elements” of earth air fire and water and it has the triangle for stability and the circle form to represent the earh. Obviously the BBSN leaf branch thing is in there and its brightly coloured to suggest the life involved. In the corners is bits of junk which is black and white suggesting how the world could be if we don’t do our parts.
big Pig 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
big Pig 2
for the salami show but bought by someone before he got there
Big Pig 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
Big Pig 3
I made a pig for the truffle festival and it sold. Graham asked me to make another for the Salami festa so I did but a lady passing through the garden asked to buy t. I had to make another for the Salami festa and this time I had him looking up . It’s a simple form and I do like the combination of flat steel and a junk side.
Bird Girl - 2014 (SOLD)
Bird Girl
In 2014 I did a number of pieces involving birds. Some were for the Neerim Bower shows but this piece was done just at the final end of the year and I had had the start of the form sitting in the shed for some time. The idea came to me to have her very kind and friendly and open( sort of different from my similar reading girls) and as I had tried to give her legs some movement it seemed natural to have a bird sit on one.Her hands are my size hands but to a degree they emphasize her openness..
birdsong machine - 2014 (SOLD)
birdsong machine
I made a piece a while ago called the expulsion machine and it had wheels, a trumpet form and complex bits.. I didn’t explore the idea very much and I was looking through some of my older ideas and decided I could do a bit more with that form. Hence this piece.I am delighted I could use an old sewing machine as part of its “engine” and the birds are all drawn to the musicality of the beast.Mind you perhaps like dog whistles it is creating a sound which is inaudible to us..Just a fine piece of fun..
Boat of dreams ( modified) - 2014 (SOLD)
Boat of dreams ( modified)
I made a boat form last year and it was slightly abstracted. I also made a boat form when I went to Thailand and this was based on an ancient thai boat. This one has elements of both those boats and also seed pod forms and really was just a fun piece with a certain whimsicality…I don’t know what it is about boats but they do offer us a chance to go somewhere else and perhaps be taken by odd currents on uncharted paths. I am not a sailor at all and no doubt elements of the design are quite impractical.. but for a boat of dreams it seems just fine.In 2014 I modified the boat by adding the circle, character and star and waves... I feel the composition is much more meaningful and I am much happier with the piece
boat of dreams 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
boat of dreams 2
I had listed the boat of dreams to go to a small show but someone bought it.. so I decided to do a second piece but modify the design to reflect a greater whimsicality.This went to the Jindivick Sculpture show and then up to Mt Baw Baw
Sold Jan 2015
complex - 2014 (SOLD)
complex
Complex is another piece about women/girls and trying to show something of their complexity . I have included beauty, hardness and a suggestion that not all is as it appears( in the two different sides of the piece.) As an only child going to an all boys school girls were the ultimate mystery and I did enjoy exploring this as I got older and discovered that they were so much fun too. I feel a bit of the fun element is also suggested in the form.
complex world - 2014 (SOLD)
complex world
I saw a bridge image with a reflection and it started my ideas for this piece. I had just bought some Corten steel( steel which rusts to a top layer and then doesn’t rust any further) and I had the idea to cover this with symbols( which are complex forms in themselves), some made up, some based in the world. I thought then to make the other side with the built up panelling to create a diverse and complex and separate environment. My two characters are separated by the complexity and in one half it seems there is nothing to grip ( as in a world without a reason or belief) .I do find the world complex but also I guess where I live and how I live I am at least in partial control of the level of complexity I deal with
Core sample - 2014 (SOLD)
Core sample
This piece was an extension of the idea of using offcuts as in "above the chaos"... I liked the idea of a pair of people and landscape extracted from the earth ... and like "above the chaos" they leave the busyness and chaos behind... they dont look upset...It reminded me of the samples geologists get from drilling into the earth and although mine is a cone I think the image is close.This piece also went to the Ficifolia art show
Dancing to the music of time - 2014
Dancing to the music of time
I made this piece based on a sketch from my sketch book. It was originally going to be filled with junk but I decided to use plasma cut offcuts for one side as I thought the complexity looked good. The curl suggested clockwork springs as in an old watch and this then suggested a dancer in the appropriate area. ( with a touch she does actually move). The title was in my subconscious and when I looked it up it was 12 volume series of books by Anthony Powell, inspired by a painting by Nicholas Poussin ( above) .I haven’t read any of the books but it is supposed to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th C. I do love how things just gradually develop and I was interested to see just what it was that my subconscious had stored and really, it is such a poetic title.This piece is on show in Sculpture in the Vineyards at Lucinda Winery Leongatha( 2014)
distance - 2014 (SOLD)
distance
I looked to enter a sculpture show at Rutherglen and researched a bit of the history of the area. I was lead to the lovely work of Tommy Mcrae, an Aboriginal artist living around the turn of last century. In reading of his life I was impressed by his character and the privations he suffered as well as his lovely drawings. I wanted to make a piece that had echoes of the past and looked through my pile for objects that could have had some suggestion of activities and technology of the past 100 years or so. I decided to also include my interpretation of some of Tommy’s drawings , in part as a homage to him and also as a suggestion that there are elements of our history that we often overlook. The circle is an old wheel rim and I hope that the elements I have included do suggest the distance we have come .as we move into the future.I love the fact that our art still can speak to the future long after we have died and I am glad to have “met” Tommy
family - 2014 (SOLD)
family
I had the idea of a group of my characters holding a rock. They needed to be on a stand and I created a typical ( for me) junk stand). My symbolism means they are separate from the everyday world with all its “junk”, they are a unit and as such anything is possible by working together. The ring helps to unify them and this was another piece of junk from my collection. The rock is basalt and I dug it up from across the road in Jindivick…( My mower had discovered it previously!)
Flight - 2014 (SOLD)
Flight
We often use birds as a guide to what is happening in nature ( canary in the coalmine sort of thing). In this case the birds are flying as part of a unity ( ring) which is nature. The silhouettes can be read as positive ( just birds flying) or negative.. these species have vanished. The few solid birds maybe all that’s left and my small characters ( emphasizing the birds high in the sky) are pointing at a rare sight. My birds on the top are watching the changes and sort of presage real birds sitting there but also are maybe just a touch of humour in a worrying situation. Again with a change of scale it takes on a whole new aspect hopefully emphasizing the scale of the problem..
food for thought sculpture - 2014 (SOLD)
food for thought sculpture
This piece was a commission to do for the new Drouin Secondary College Restaurant called food for thought.The bird is made with Knives, forks and spoons on a base form
Gaza - 2014
Gaza

I have been listening to the news of the latest Gaza conflict…horrendous and disheartening. I wondered how I would try to portray aspects of the conflict and this piece seems not too bad. The two sides sort of show that not all can be seen straightaway, and that the divisions are in something that really should be a unified people. I rejoice that we live in a country where there is room for all faiths and ways of living and we mostly get along harmoniously. The three rocks are symbols of the three faiths involved and the division at the base seems to be being torn apart. I have no solution except tolerance and working together yet I know that some people of these faiths can be prickly and so involved in their own world that they have little time or respect for others.
Hanging over our heads - 2014 (SOLD)
Hanging over our heads
This is another reference to environmental disaster. I have positioned this rock above my characters and like global warming it is not being greatly responded to. On character is at least aware of it but the other is focussed on other concerns. It amazes me that we have people who do not “believe” in global warming and others who just ignore it hoping it will go away… My rock is “natural” but the world it is over is entirely constructed . The obelisk type form has echoes of memorials to the fallen…and my ring world is reflective of a non scientific belief prevalent in members of the govt. …. Still it also looks good…!
horsehoe ball - 2014 (SOLD)
horsehoe ball
just wanted to try to make one
I'd move the world for you 1 - 2014
I'd move the world for you 1
I guess I must be a romantic cause I keep coming up with these sort of ideas( guys and girls stuff) . I had seen a piece of jewellery( I think) where there were off set semicircle arches and I liked the form. I then thought what would I do with the idea and this was the result.I listen to a lot of songs and I’m sure I have heard this as a lyric somewhere .
JindiPig - 2014 (SOLD)
JindiPig
My friend Graham Duell suggested a pig sculpture for the truffle growers show. I did this piece with two different sides to be surprising. I call it Jindi pig as there is a local restaurant of the same name
Junk ball - 2014 (SOLD)
Junk ball
an order sort of
Kangaroos 4 - 2014
Kangaroos 4
To replace ones that had sold
Lake - 2014 (SOLD)
Lake
I did a sketch in my book showing a form similar to this.. I thought it would look good if I used mirror mosaic to give the reflection/glittering surface of the lake and it looks even better than I had pictured. My two little characters have a touch of the old song “running bear” about them but I did love that story/song. On the back I have used Corten steel ( rusts a certain amount and no further) to give that wonderful colour. I have also written in a variety of languages the word Lake..We did go to Canada at one stage and sw some of the multitude of lakes there but I still love our local Blue Rock Lake.This piece went to the Bonanza show at the CSV in 2014
Lovebirds - 2014 (SOLD)
Lovebirds
I have been doing a number of bird cutouts as individual pieces and this piece allowed me to combine the idea in a heart-shaped frame. It doesn’t include all the birds I like and admire( no magpie) but it has a good variety and I am happy with its composition. The inner material is Corten Steel which will get a coat of rust and then not rust any further providing a nice contrast to the frame.I sort of like the play on words of the title as there are no actual “love-birds” in the frame but it does express my feeling towards how much interest the birds provide for us all. This was in the inspired by birds show at Serigraph Gallery Neerim Sth
Mary Monet - 2014 (SOLD)
Mary Monet
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas..This is the first one and she is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. I plan to do a similar piece using his other painting as the inspiration. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
Monet sister 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Monet sister 2
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas.. The first one is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. The second one is really the same girl but from a different angle but having two girls does allow lots of different interaction. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
Paths through life - 2014 (SOLD)
Paths through life
This is another recycled Piece. It was originally a harrow and the original person who made it did a lovely job of forging all the parts. It must be over 100 yrs old. Initially I just cut it apart and made a work called “cactus”( see website) but after thinking more ( over a couple of years) about it ,I considered I had not done justice to the original form. This is called paths through life and it is about how each of us deals with the obstacles in our way… some attack it all head on some are contemplative and some are timorous….The big yellow ball was needed to finish off the piece and I guess it has an element of all things being possible under the sun
Prow - 2014 (SOLD)
Prow
I had been looking at a variety of forms on art History and a carved prow of a Viking ship was one of the forms viewed. I also had done an exhibition based on New Zealand forms in past years and in my sketch book was a form that I had not developed fully. When I re- sketched the shape ready for construction the shape and size suggested to me the prow I had seen. The use of the plasma cut off-cuts for one side suggests the intricate carving of the original piece. To follow that up with the other side being “solid” and made from closely welded panels also suggests links to more modern ship building techniques and the use of the two sides means the piece cant be easily summed up from a one sided viewing. I love the use of recycled material and the element of chance in the shapes used creates all sorts of unplanned interactions.
reading girl 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
reading girl 3
I made this piece after selling my last human 3-D form. I sort of missed something of this type in the garden. She also went off to Art Gippsland.
Refugee - 2014
Refugee
There is a show called claiming our voice in Warragul,and I thought about what I wanted to “speak” about. Hence my Refugee… left dangling on a forgotten rock and ignored by all and sundry. I find this whole policy a real disgrace to Australia and I think we could have done a lot better with a more caring sharing approach. I hope my sculpture is outdated quickly but I suspect it will be relevant for quite a while yet
Shield - 2014
Shield
I wanted to make a simple form based on an oval for a show at Burnley Harbour. I had just made “Lake” and I thought to use the mirror mosaic on both sides. I called it shield and it has a form like a tribal shield.The broken reflection echoes the warlike faces often added to shields to scare people but then it also reflects the person near it and how we often create an image of ourselves which is not a complete true image but often a reflection of what other people want to see which we use as a shield
sunflowers - 2014 (SOLD)
sunflowers
these are an order for the warragul community garden
The bridge - 2014 (SOLD)
The bridge
I have done a few pieces using a semi circle form and this one seemed to create a bridge and a reflection all at the same time. I had also been watching the Danish series of “the Bridge” so perhaps there was some suggestion from that. In this case one character is going more than half way and being quite daring to meet the other and that seems to be something nearly all of us have one at some point in our lives. I did like the poses of the characters and the almost suggestion of a wheel with the spoke like forms.
The girls - 2014 (SOLD)
The girls
another pair of girls... stones inside and mesh and steel.. going off to Tessellar sculpture in the tulips show.
Earlier this year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Monet’s paintings. I was trying to interpret themes and ideas done in the past by the great artists. These sculptural girls are from no famous paintings but from poses in common magazines. In reinterpreting them into a different medium and also losing some elements such as faces I am allowing the viewer to appreciate the basic shape and form. The feminine form has been a subject for ever and the idea of making pieces which will stand in a garden setting is really a just a modern continuation of this idea. Also the medium of steel and recycled concrete has its own speckly beauty as the concrete gives a wonderful lacy feel at complete odds with the substance of the material. Having two parts to the sculpture also allows the owner a degree of interaction with the pieces and they can be positioned in a variety of ways
The suitors - 2014 (SOLD)
The suitors
I have done a number of romantic themes and I had the idea of this one sort of out of the blue. I wanted to do another heart shaped piece and I had the idea of the girl on the top but initially I couldn’t think what she was doing or what it all meant. I like using ladders in things and I think the idea of characters scaling the heights to get to her sort of appealed. The suitors( funny word) are supposedly pressing their claims to marry this fair girl but as yet she hasn’t made her mind up.This piece went to the sculpture in the vineyards show at Lucinda winery ( leongatha) and sold there (2015).
three balls of chaos - 2014 (SOLD)
three balls of chaos
This was an order from a client. I made a form for each of the sizes and have combed my pile for appropriate "junk" to make the shape..
three balls of chaos( 2) - 2014 (SOLD)
three balls of chaos( 2)
an order for a lady down Sale way who changed her mind.They were then sold to a couple in Brisbane 
Tony's world - 2014
Tony's world
This piece is the recycling of a couple of pieces.. Division and blinkered. In making a flat earth I am referring to a non belief in science by our prime Minister( how do you “believe “ in science. He seems to be very blinkered and focussed entirely on business and I am amazed that someone who has had a really top education can come out so unthinking and aggressive. You can see in this world it is limited and has no room for nature. My wife comments that it is a bit unsubtle.. but then so is the man himself.
Tree Bag - 2014
Tree Bag
I went and saw the Top Arts exhibition in 2014 and there was a lovely piece there where a girl had gathered Teabags that were used and arranged them in a sort of grid pattern. I loved the idea of using something so readily discarded but took my own take on it by making this form and filling it with oak leaves. I think it looks great… silly yes but I am very happy with its overall effect.
Ugly duckling - 2014 (SOLD)
Ugly duckling
I wanted to make some new work for the Burnley Harbour exhibition and I had done a number of stone girls during the year and I thought it might be fun to make a different sort of stone bird. I don’t think its really ugly but then it certainly won’t float so maybe that’s where the image comes from. I had done a bird in a circle form a few years ago but that was using more junk than stone.
Yarragon Primary school sculpture - 2014 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Yarragon Primary school sculpture
One of their students did a lot of the design and I added to it .
a world of his own/Oblivious - 2013 (SOLD)
a world of his own/Oblivious
I did a semi circle form previously and I did like the form.. In this I added the reading figure lost in his own world surrounded by junk and oblivious to all that can be experienced( sort of like me ..) while my other two characters are loving life .. and maybe each other..if the welds break! I am not entirely sure where this idea came from but I have been enjoying ife of late( I usually do) and this is a comment similar to life dance I guess.
all seeing - 2013 (Recycled)
all seeing
When I went to Thailand there was an artist there using eye imagery as part of his work.. The idea had appealed to me for quite a while and even back in art history back to the Egyptians. I had done a few sketches of an eye and wanted to create a form using it. I had the bearing from an old mower and I thought the stand using the art primary colours would be ok…It has blown over a few times and I am thinking of a different structure to hold it but I do like its turning( all seeing) and with one side being black like a real eye and the other being mirror so you are reflected in it , I quite like the variations it suggests
all seeing modified - 2013
all seeing modified
When I went to Thailand there was an artist there using eye imagery as part of his work.. The idea had appealed to me for quite a while and even back in art history back to the Egyptians. I had done a few sketches of an eye and wanted to create a form using it. I had the bearing from an old mower and I thought the stand using the art primary colours would be ok…It was originally just a column base but it
has blown over a few times and I made a different structure to hold it but I do like its turning( all seeing) and with one side being black like a real eye and the other being mirror so you are reflected in it , I quite like the variations it suggests
Among the clouds - 2013 (SOLD)
Among the clouds
I made some small pieces a few years ago with ladders to the moon,a door in the sky, and a few other oddities.I wanted to develop a bigger version of the idea and make a nice sky form using the circle that was made at a local factory. There is a Turner exhibition on in South Australia and I was reminded that Turner was the first artist to inspire me and his beautiful atmospheric landscapes are breathtaking…Maybe that also was sitting at the back of my subconscious…
sold Jan 2015
amphora - 2013 (SOLD)
amphora
Greek and Roman Antiquity.
A large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and,set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games

I saw a lovely amphora shape at a friend’s place and I was wanting to try this process of using small pieces of metal like overlapping leaves. The two things coalesced and I worked on this for a week with a panel done each day. I added the two figures on the handles as in some greek art there is similar use of figures. This amphorae will not hold anything but it looks lovely if a bit bottom heavy.
It doesn’t have a specific meaning…but it did give me a chance to practice an idea I had and I used the same technique on my large self portrait.
antique boat form( Thai workshop) - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
antique boat form( Thai workshop)
In doing this piece I wanted to do something that had some relevence and reference to this trip. I have never been to Thailand before and was interested to look at the forms and culture here. On the first day I bought a book called" 101 Thai Forms by Wijit Apichartkriengkrai"..which detailed old time and traditional practices and objects. As i went through it I jotted down ideas and on the last page was a picture of an antique boat called The Suvannabhumi( a boat for sailing to the golden land).( Australia has sometimes been called the golden land and it is not beyond the reach of imagination that ancient Thai mariners visted our coasts)
I had recently done a boat form at home but it was more based on a yacht so I did a basic sketch and decided that this would be possible in the time allowed. I also had expectations of certain materials which did not eventuate but the materials which were scrounged and captured from a range of sources proved appropriate to the task with a bit of modification to the idea.
Why a boat? Well boats symbolize a journey of discovery which is what I am on .The boat is not a pointed type boat like we have in the west but from my reading I understand many Asian countries had boats of a similar design.I was going to cover the sides with offcuts and flat material but as not much was available and some old steel bar ties were found on a building site I decided to make a pattern in some ways honoring the patternmaking of many thai art forms. As I ofeten use recycled materials in my sculptures I thought this steel tie wire( ties up bundles of steel) would be just right as many ancient boat building practices used tieing of parts of the boat as a means of construction.I specifically put in a few of the twists from the tieing process to reflect this.
Yes, I know my boat won't "float" but it seems to me to be a lovely form alive with all sorts of memories, traditions and aspects for reflection.
I often let my work rust and then coat it with a protective paint called Penetrol which stops the rust and gives a lovely finish and I feel rust on the boat will allow it to achieve a reminder of some archeological object.
I had two students(Mongkonporn Sirisopon and Mongkon Chutputcharapinyo) helping me with the construction and they played a major part in the bending of the wire, cutting it and welding different parts.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of the arts festival. It has been a delightful and rewarding experience.
Balloon 4 - 2013 (SOLD)
Balloon 4
An order from a client.
bending girl - 2013 (SOLD)
bending girl
This is for an order... and hopefully the person who ordered her will like her
Big headed - 2013
Big headed
I did this piece for the portrait show and it was straight after making the amphorae piece so I used the same technique for the surface. I got the proportions a bit wrong and my forehead isn’t quite as big… I did measure and scale it but anything I measure I seem to stuff up. Still the finished piece pleases me and I think if it sits in the grass it will be an unusual presentation.
Bird form - 2013 (SOLD)
Bird form
I had a piece we did in response to the Canada trip called “5” and after a while I decided to recycle it. The base went to become “separate paths” and the top just sat in the shed for a while..a bit unloved. When things sit around long enough they start suggesting ideas to me( hence the pile of junk!) and this one seemed to need a few modifications to create this simple abstract but quite pleasant form.
Bloom2 ( faeries at the bottom of the garden) - 2013 (SOLD)
Bloom2 ( faeries at the bottom of the garden)
I did Bloom and it had quite a geometric form as its structure.. I was playing with this panelling and thought a more flowing form with metal junk leaves would be interesting to explore… the sketch is a bit more fluid but the end result is pleasing to me….a reflection on life?..an exploration of form ?…both have some truth. And a degree of beauty too.This piece was part of the Animal Vegetable Mineral show at Dandenong. I modified it in 2013 by adding extra flowers and faeries
Boat of dreams - 2013 (Recycled)
Boat of dreams
I made a boat form last year and it was slightly abstracted. I also made a boat form when I went to Thailand and this was based on an ancient thai boat. This one has elements of both those boats and also seed pod forms and really was just a fun piece with a certain whimsicality…I don’t know what it is about boats but they do offer us a chance to go somewhere else and perhaps be taken by odd currents on uncharted paths. I am not a sailor at all and no doubt elements of the design are quite impractical.. but for a boat of dreams it seems just fine.
Catenary - 2013 (Recycled)
Catenary
“Catenary”($400)
At one stage I did maths and started an engineering degree. Sensibly, I decided it was not for me but some terms stick in my grab bag of a memory and this is one of them.I had to look it up to check what it meant.
(The curve a hanging flexible wire or chain assumes when supported at its ends and acted upon by a uniform gravitational force. The word catenary is derived from the Latin word for "chain." In 1669, Jungius disproved Galileo's claim that the curve of a chain hanging under gravity would be a parabola (The curve is also called the alysoid and chainette. The equation was obtained by Leibniz, Huygens, and Johann Bernoulli in 1691 in response to a challenge by Jakob Bernoulli.)
All those names echo in my memory and I also love that a catenary is more or less the shape a necklace would take. As to this piece.. I am not sure if its finished yet.. I had a big circle sitting in my pile and I found this chain at the metal recyclers and the two just seemed to want to go together. Its sort of beautiful as it is…but as I have done a few abstract forms in the past and they have been unappreciated I am in two minds… I could add a star at the top and a small character climbing the chain or just leave it as it is..at present obviously it is as it is..
centerpiece( scotch thistle) - 2013
centerpiece( scotch thistle)
This piece is on show at Factory one in Warragul
Charmains Cow - 2013 (SOLD)
Charmains Cow
This was an order placed after seeing the cow in the Jindivick community garden..
cow head 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
cow head 3
Dragon - 2013 (SOLD)
Dragon
This is an extension of the forms I used for the New Zealand Exhibition. Except this time it seems a bit denser and simpler. I liked the contrast of the curved smooth inside of “shell” with the spiky outside and I had this piece drawn in the sketch book at the same time. It suggests a dragon tail just disappearing from view( to me) but really is just a further exploration of the spiral and curved forms.I have added to the spiral in 2013 and I feel it is better
drop - 2013 (SOLD)
drop
This is for the Blue exhibition at Yarram in February.We decided to do an exhibition at Yarram as because I was sharing it with Sue Osborn I thought a title for the exhibition would be blue as she has so many pieces with blue as a strong element.I then had to think what I would do for the show and a big drop of water seemed appropriate.. The drop itself wasn’t blue but the supporting ring was and it just looked great. We do associate blue with water but often it isn’t.. usually brown, polluted or even a range of colours. The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes….but such a lovely form.. and it hangs so neatly.
Drop 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
Drop 2
We decided to do an exhibition at Yarram as because I was sharing it with Sue Osborn I thought a title for the exhibition would be blue as she has so many pieces with blue as a strong element.I then had to think what I would do for the show and a big drop of water seemed appropriate.. The drop itself wasn’t blue but the supporting ring was and it just looked great. We do associate blue with water but often it isn’t.. usually brown, polluted or even a range of colours. The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes….but such a lovely form.. and it hangs so neatly. This is the second of this form
Falling man 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
Falling man 2
John wanted a version of the falling man.
flying bird one - 2013 (SOLD)
flying bird one
I had to do a bird for Sydney and I really liked it so I did a similar one for me and hopefully I will do 2 others to sort of reprise my flying birds( ducks) from last year. This piece was in the Drouin Art show and got an honorable mention
heart of Brass - 2013 (SOLD)
heart of Brass
I have done a series of heart forms this year and have decided that I will follow through with a few more. In this piece I had lots of brass and copper fixtures and fittings that had come my way over the last few years and I decided to try to use them for their textural quality and colour. I guess a heart of brass can be cold and unforgiving but I added the two figures to create a sense of linkage and a sort of strength.. which Brass can sort of represent too. I am happy with the colour effect and the sort of plumbing reference which echoes the heart’s prime purpose.Brass also does not rust … it may tarnish a bit but the material more or less lasts forever and that also is a fine echo of love.
heart of Glass - 2013 (SOLD)
heart of Glass
When we were on a trip I bought this lovely diamond form with the aim of using it in a sculpture. I had been doing a few heart based sculptures and it occurred to me that a certain purity lay at the “heart” of love. Maybe that is why we have diamond engagement rings. Anyway ,that all came together for this small piece. The ring is the surrounding form of an old wheel and was given to me by a man who survived the black Saturday fires at Jindivick
horse - 2013 (SOLD)
horse
this was sort of a request from a client..
inner wheel recycled - 2013
inner wheel recycled
I spoke at an “inner wheel “ club recently and it is part of the Rotary organization… This doesn’t really refer to that but the name seems to have stuck.
This is based on the form I found as described in “Core” but here I have explored it in a slightly different way. I have kept the extensions in the curled form and added junk around the core of rock. Similar to core.. it has an inner “wheel” which is the center of our individual world .. we deal with the junk of life forming paths through the debris and clutter and reach a point where we can really grow . Child hood, adolescence and adulthood…and to a degree the great beyond!I recycled it in 2013 by adding the outer circle and this adds immensely to the form
layers of love 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
layers of love 2
some one saw the original piece and asked for something similar
levels of love - 2013 (SOLD)
levels of love
I have made a few heart forms over the years and this is the latest. I wanted to have it on the side to show it still existed .and that the core was rock solid but we all go through different stages of love from the initial romantic love where you cant keep your hands off your beloved to a point where you are simply happy to be with them.There are all sorts of problems along the way( the junk layer) but they don’t stop you loving your partner. It is such a joy and you are always discovering or appreciating new aspects of your choice…I know I do.!
Life dancer - 2013 (SOLD)
Life dancer
This is for the blue exhibition at Yarram in February.For the Blue exhibition I wanted to do another girl. I had a nice sketch in the book and her movement was lovely. I was going to do her dress in stone but then I noticed all the off cuts from the plasma cutter and decided to use them.. they make a lovely complex pattern and the blue bows just add to the general feel of freedom and spinning.As she is on a bearing she actually does spin..but she doesn’t really need to as she seems to be having so much fun as it is.
load of bull 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
load of bull 1
This was part of an order for pieces on either side of a gate
load of bull 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
load of bull 2
another part of an order for gate decorations
My special place - 2013 (SOLD)
My special place
Yet another piece with ladders!! I saw a piece of jewelery in Art almanac and thought that I could reinterpret the idea into a largish sculpture using my panel method. I don’t know what it is about height but we all seem to love some altitude for a view. I have had similar experiences at all sorts of places from the You Yangs to Mt Cannibal but I can concieve of having a rock outcrop on your property which was just yours. The lack of handrails and the chance to sit in a sort of dangerous position is quite sublime.It is sort of an effort to get there but once there you are quite “safe” and in control.A tree house can give a similar feeling but this girl has this “rock outcrop” as her special place.
Picnic at hanging rock - 2013 (SOLD)
Picnic at hanging rock
When we were youngish we lived in a place called Mortlake in the western District. This had lots of Bluestone( Basalt) architecture and I was always impressed with its solidity. I have been enjoying how words work for a while now. I love the fact that some words have a variety of meanings for the same pronunciation and I wanted to do a rock that would “rock”..so to speak. I saw this bluestone and thought how much fun it would be to have layers of “meaning”.. a rock that would rock.. and a bluestone that would be blue! Not all that clever I agree but quite fun in its own way.Then a friend saw it and said I should put some characters on it and I could have “picnic at Hanging Rock” and that seemed to be the best idea of all
positive flow - 2013 (SOLD)
positive flow
I did 5 pieces for a show in Lockhart entitled” spirit of the land.” sub-themed “Elements” This was originally one called “Air” and went horizontally. All the other pieces sold and this was left unloved for a few years..I do recycle things( obviously) and sculptures are no exception. As a part of the 5 pieces it worked wonderfully but on its own it seemed a bit meaningless. I have changed its direction and added the characters and it creates a new message. I feel I have been in a positive flow all my life..lots of good things happen around me and it is a fine way to be.. I am sure there are negative flows too and some people have such miserable lives …still I am grateful for what I have and where I am .
rain girl - 2013 (SOLD)
rain girl
This is part of an order for Frances Keevil in Sydney
reach - 2013
reach
I had the idea of these two points reaching for a star, and I had a bit of choice as to where the star was going to be .. too far out and it starts to look like a flag of one of the Islamic nations. I ended up placing it where it is and using the mosaic mirror for the star which contrasts nicely to the rest of the �junk��.It sort of has echoes of the statement� lying in the gutter but looking at the stars� This was the first piece completed after we returned from Canada, but I had the idea before we left.This piece is currently on view at Gary Miles gallery.I modified it in 2013 by adding the figure
Reach 2 - 2013
Reach 2
Reach Table - 2013
Reach Table
A lady saw my second reach sculpture lying down being painted and decided she would like such a piece as a table. This is the result.. however she hasn't come for it and it is over a year so it is up for sale.
reading girl walking - 2013 (SOLD)
reading girl walking
the last part of the order
red heart - 2013
red heart
I have done a series of heart forms this year and have decided that I will follow through with a few more. I had Warragul Steel bend a range of bits of pipe to make the frame and in this one I wanted to use the red glass crystal I collected on my travels. It’s a bit abstracted but I feel that all the junk suggests elements of love( springs bouncing back, Hatchet cutting it neatly etc etc) and above all a crystal of purity as the aim for honesty and true beauty…I originally had it more symmetrical but there were elemnets that didn't work so I modified it and I feel it is much better now
Regeneration - 2013 (SOLD)
Regeneration
I made the “drop” early in the year and the form still had some exploring left in it.. I have done the base of the form out of recycled metal junk and as it reaches the top it becomes more refined until it develops into life itself and even “human” life.It is sort of the story evolution .In this case I have made it sit on “roots” which are grounded in reality and true nature.I love the fact that this quite heavy form seems to float…
relationship - 2013 (SOLD)
relationship
“Relationship”( $600)
I have recently done a series of heart based pieces and some of them reflect on different aspects of love. In this piece I have chosen a number of the parts to express different aspects such as jealousy( the green stripe) the solidity of a strong love( railway spikes) and how it would be if it was broken( the knife) . Other pieces are capable of interpretation too yet not everything is planned and as in most relationships there is a level of junk as part of it. A simple piece and although the two people are separate they are “as one” within the structure of their love… Perhaps I have been listening to too many 60’s pop songs…. but then again quite a few of us do..
Remnant - 2013 (SOLD)
Remnant
This was an idea from a sketch. I am amazed at the amount of disbelief of global warming.. I do trust scientists and I am skeptical of interest groups that spread stories that are in opposition to this. It seems obvious to me what with the rate of growth of population and the amount of increase in industry….not here but in the developing world..This is sort of my take on where we seem to be heading..people surviving but the earth being wrecked as we know it…not a pretty topic but the piece seems quite lovely to me.
Rosies gate panel - 2013 (SOLD)
Rosies gate panel
Just a number pane with gumnuts and a ringtailed possum
Russells penguin - 2013 (SOLD)
Russells penguin
an order from a friend for a large penguin
seurat sister 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
seurat sister 1
I think this is going in the ficifolia exhibition...it is based on one of the figures from a Seurat painting...I feel it has a similar dottiness with the broken concrete.. and I plan to do a second girl to have a conversation with this one
Seurat Sisters - 2013 (SOLD)
Seurat Sisters
I went to see an exhibition at The NGV entitled the Neo Impressionists and they had some nice work by Signac, Seurat and others. I did like the form of one of Seurat’s girls and I thought the use of rock would give a similar dotty effect( no colour though) I had planned to do two different girls ( suggested by two different paintings) having a conversation and of course with two they can actually interact and create new forms every time you move them.
shark - 2013 (SOLD)
shark
I did a wave form and it got me thinking about what a nice shape it is. There is also a cartoon of a shark fin gliding through the grass and this also had a bit of an influence. I did like the idea of it being grey and gentle on one side and all teeth on the other. I have respect for sharks and I certainly aren’t keen to meet one in the wild( while I am swimming) and I also hate the idea that they are being hunted for their fins.
shoot - 2013 (SOLD)
shoot
another part of the order for Frances Keevil gallery in Sydney
skipping girl 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
skipping girl 3
another part of an order
Spirited - 2013 (SOLD)
Spirited
This is the next in my girls and rocks series.done in Oct Nov 2013.They sort of keep going away faster than I can make them…I developed this lass from a Ballet pose but she doesn’t look like a ballet girl… rather just a “normal” girl enjoying every aspect of “life” . The red shoes reflect a small piece I did a few years ago and it just adds to the vibrancy ( with echoes of Dorothy from the Wizard of oz).The broken concrete in her dress has the effect of not all fitting together and making the heavy material seem quite light and airy. As I explained to a few people I am not much of a mans man and cant talk about footy, cars and such things but I do love making my girl representations ,,, flowing “fabric” and hair….grace and spirit is something to be appreciated.
Spring flower collection - 2013 (SOLD)
Spring flower collection
for an exhibition called images of spring, here are some spring flowers
Strong - 2013
Strong
“Strong”($500)
I usually have a pile of stuff which calls to me to do something. The railway line and the enormous chain were doing just that and combining them created all sorts of suggestions. By adding the character and the “natural forms” I am suggesting that there are all forms of strength( even the colour) and we can appreciate the human element as well as the strength of nature to persevere. Working together we can be strongest of all.!
sydney bird 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
sydney bird 2
an order for people in Sydney.. didnt like the last one as it was flying the wrong way!
the big catch - 2013 (SOLD)
the big catch
This came more from the joy of repeated pattern from using the horseshoes.. It was heading to be a fish submarine but I liked it too much in the form it is. I added the character for scale and also to comment how we can overcome our problems.. at least in the short term .. by confidence and just getting on with it… although in this case the problem is still there..if lurking below the surface a bit! I’m not sure how he lands this one! I had thought of its naming possibilities eg fish tails , big fins, all associated with cars of the era I grew up in…but I decided on the big catch because that is the focus of the piece
The great fish of life ( thai workshop 2) - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
The great fish of life ( thai workshop 2)
I did this fish initially from the inspiration of seeing a fish form on a plate at a potter's studio that we visited in the last two days. It got me thinking that we had seen fish in all sorts of places from the White temple to domestic yards.Why do Thai's value fish so much? In reading, they seem to have developed from a river based culture and in many places fish quiet the mind and are an aid to contemplation.
I then thought what do fish mean to me! I have never caught a fish and I loath the idea of fishing as it seems a colossal waste of time... yet I can see that other would delight in chilling out in the quiet and peace of a river or stream
I have observed that fish swim in a certain direction and then for seemingly no reason they change direction. This is sort of like life and we often go along a path until some event precipitates change. ( also fish really swim in their world( water) and don't really realize there is the world above or below).
I have used entirely recycled material in this piece both as a statement that I value reusing materials and also to suggest that we are creating problems for ourselves by poisoning one of our main food sources...hence the belly of the fish especially is full of machine parts as symbolic of industrial waste. My fish is bigger than my characters as what ever happens to the fish we are part of it.
My characters are along for the ride( of life ) and although they think they can see where they are going my fish of life might have some new directions for them and they may be surpised by what ever eventuates.
Many of the other artists have also reacted to the Thai experiemce in some form and I am happy to add to this reflection. I was helped to create this piece by Patipat Lakdee and Wisit Arunrattananont and of course the wonderful staff of Naresuan University.
In Australia I would let this piece rust some before coating it in a protective clear paint.
the searchers - 2013 (SOLD)
the searchers
This is a development and combination of a number of my working methods. I wanted to do a ball form again and I did a sketch showing a core surrounded by junk with my characters on the surface. I used the colours green and blue to reflect the earth and give a positive feel to it. My searchers are both looking for a place to stop and looking for each other. They are on opposite sides of the globe( as are we from the other continents) but their concerns are the same. In this case the “junk” is contained but I must admit to feeling the junk of life is getting in the way of truth and an understanding of what is important. I like to think we all are looking for a solution.
The value of friends 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
The value of friends 2
The way it works - 2013 (SOLD)
The way it works
I did this piece to fit the size requirements of a show. I had sketched the basic idea months before but it was going to be bigger. I think we all go through at least part of life on our own paths unaware of our perfect matches path until at a certain point the paths converge. Luck plays a part and I am sad that some never find their partner. I do feel that one is only half of a pair.
Thorny - 2013 (SOLD)
Thorny
This piece was made for the show “Prickles and Thorns” held at Neerim Sth .I had been doing a series of “covered “ pieces  including a shark fin and I thought that the thorn form was just such a lovely shape( when you remove it from its dangerous nature) that to do a large thorn form would be both beautiful and interesting. I added the character to give it the element of attacking/protecting and the scale allows a bit of enjoyment of the curves and flow. 
Trishes Pyramid - 2013 (SOLD)
Trishes Pyramid
This was an order from my friend Trish to use some of her fathers old tools to make a pyramid to grow plants up
Trojanian - 2013 (SOLD)
Trojanian
I was tidying up my woodheap to make room for tanks to go and I remembered an idea I had to make a metal frame and fill it with wood. My fat horse with a small head is sort of a Trojan horse… but there is no room inside for a sneaky enemy.Mind you if he fell on someone he could do a bit of damage… although he is skinny.. he is quite weighty
Unity in duality ( revamped) - 2013 (SOLD)
Unity in duality ( revamped)
I redid this piece as a lady saw it and asked for it to be made thicker.. took most of the week but it looks lovely.
water supply - 2013 (Recycled)
water supply
going in the blue exhibition at Yarram.We all learned the Water cycle in primary school and with this blue exhibition I thought somewhere in it must be a wave form.. I was playing with some of the lovely junk from my pile and the big ring and the handle came together with the wheely thing as the base form. It still didn’t work until I thought about using the wave form in it… I also had some wonderful offcuts which almost perfectly matched the edges of the circle form and suggested ( to me) water grates in the gutters. I rearranged it and it looked good except lacking bit of life.. The fish seems to tie in nicely and the fact that most of our wastewater ends up in the seas and can cause problems .It all came together nicely( but it is bloody heavy…. Maybe it’s a heavy message!
water supply - 2013
water supply
This was in the blue exhibition at Yarram.. recently it blew over in the sculpture garden and I decided it was too heavy...yep even though it blew over, so I took it off its pedestal and set it on the wheel base.
wave form 2 - 2013
wave form 2

I did a wave form a couple of years ago for a show based around New zealand images.This was done for the Sandy Point art show and I thought a wave form would be appropriate for that setting.I am using patchwork panels at present and in this case I hope it suggests the damage we seem to be doing to the oceans. It sort of isn’t obvious and I still like going to the beach but when you read about giant swirls of plastic particles out in the Pacific and over fishing with mile long nets and little care about runoff from the land..I guess it is like global warming…the problem is so big you feel a bit overwhelmed by what you can do to help.This also looks a bit like a Ripcurl logo but why should they have ownership of such lovely forms!.
worm 2 - 2013
worm 2
This was an idea from a sketch. Again initially just a lovely form..I thought what would be suckers should be plates, but I didn’t want just plain plates so I added the colours ( Primary and white) in a sort of random pattern( also a bit of a homage to my friend Kerrie Warren who uses paint in a “random” way. I thought the plates would easily fit within the thickness of the metal edging but I learned I was wrong.. it was a bit tight, and a couple broke..I didn’t mind the spaces as they added to the general pattern.However in 2013 with so many broken plates I recycled it by using Marble off cuts Meaning?..I wanted to reflect a bit back to childhood( I do that a lot) when we used to get such pleasure from small garden life, slaters, worms, ants etc. We would often spend a long time looking at the detail and intricacy of these things. Now it pretty much has to be big to attract our attention. “Worm”was made with Flat bar, wire mesh and recycled plates in 2011.and recycled
wren - 2013 (SOLD)
wren
I have made a couple of big birds over the time.. even a penguin earlier in the year. I was looking at one of the wrens flitting around the place and thought that a big blue wren would be neat. It is the totem of one of the aboriginal tribes nearby but I don’t pretend to understand what that means.I painted it and the paint ran messily but I feel it sort of adds to the “made” aspect of it and I quite like my pretend wren…. Nowhere near as graceful and cute as the real ones but sort of fun all the same.
Zeppelin - 2013 (SOLD)
Zeppelin
The title is a bit sort of obvious and I did think of other titles but it is such a cool word I had to use it..This started off heading to be a seedpod wit people emerging from it( but I had done something similar in the past) and as the shape developed it just called for a more fun interpretation..There was a windmill sitting nearby in the shed and it suggested a propeller and the rest went from there. I am a bit fascinated by flight and also the scale of then original Zeppelins was so gigantic…I sort of think this scale would be nicer.. and more “human”…This battered Zeppelin is the sort of Zeppelin I would make and drive!
american sunflower - 2012
american sunflower
another fun piece using a cam shaft . The disc at the top is labelled made in USA .. hence American sunflower
Angelas Mailbox - 2012 (SOLD)
Angelas Mailbox
Angela asked me to make a mailbox with something to do with alpacas and olives... I did this... no olives but a bloody big alpaca
australochidna - 2012
australochidna
Again we have this fuss over boat people and refugees. I am of the opinion that we should be working to help solve the problems first of all at the source, secondly in the camps and thirdly welcoming most of these people in some way or another.I hate the rhetoric of turn back the boats and the idea of indefinite detention for desperate people seems inhuman and of benefit to no one. My Australochidna is my perception of how many people think. I was going to put little characters skewered on the spikes but the actual appearance I feel is neat enough to look good and I think the message is clear enough. I also like the Australochidna as suggesting a real echidna which when it feels worried, buries itself in the sand and wont talk to anyone.
ball boy - 2012 (SOLD)
ball boy
I did this piece as an order. The purchaser has a large junk ball of mine and wanted two characters to "push the ball to each other. This is the boy one.. at present they are in the sculpture garden bot facing the same way and it feel a bit like a zombie attack!
ball girl - 2012 (SOLD)
ball girl
I did this piece as an order. The purchaser has a large junk ball of mine and wanted two characters to "push the ball to each other. This is the girl one.. at present they are in the sculpture garden bot facing the same way and it feel a bit like a zombie attack!
balloon - 2012 (SOLD)
balloon
one of several balloons I made for different shows
Balloons - 2012
Balloons
This is yet another version of flying rocks. I did metal balloons a while ago and these worked well and the idea of a floating metal balloon was quite an idea of using odd materials. In this case I combined the three balloons in a vaguely festive arrangement. I used broken concrete in the middle balloon to give a textural contrast but its not a great idea rather just another variation on the idea of flying rocks and it looks not too bad!
behind the mask - 2012 (SOLD)
behind the mask
I did this piece for the Jindivick sculpture show. I had seen a picture with a living form behind a face mask and it appealed to me.Ihave done a number of big heads over my career but I liked the idea of using mirror to reflect whoever was looking at it an that we all wear masks of some form.. different personas we put on depending on the circumstances. The face is fairly devoid of expression( as a mask often is) but the fractured reflections work quite well. It looks a bit like some native idol and the size is sort of meant to be a reflection that when we put on a mask we allow the scared little boy to be big and brave( in my case) also I just wanted to do a big form again!
Big Red - 2012 (SOLD)
Big Red
I made this piece a few years ago and it was sort of meant to be a large version of a penny( you know the old coin worth about 1 cent) Anyway I had junk in the kangaroo reflecting its status in Australia as pet food and I had it at a slightly different angle. I was unhappy with it after a while and decided to fill the kangaroo form with sheet material and also to add a landscape of junk.. and change the angle slightly. I am much more content with this version
birth - 2012 (SOLD)
birth
I have been playing with rocks as part of my sculptures and I had the idea of using the broken marble to suggest an egg form.The marble came from the studio of an artist who died and I find it sort of appropriate that� this new piece is really a rebirth of the materials she was going to use. By doing the other side with a patching of metal I have suggested the mechanical side of birth these days with many couples availing themselves of IVF technology. My girl is opening the egg and the �hatchling� is hesitantly looking around� I am happy with the combination of materials and forms � as I should be�!
Birth - 2012 (SOLD)
Birth
I have been playing with rocks as part of my sculptures and I had the idea of using the broken marble to suggest an egg form.The marble came from the studio of an artist who died and I find it sort of appropriate that� this new piece is really a rebirth of the materials she was going to use. By doing the other side with a patching of metal I have suggested the mechanical side of birth these days with many couples availing themselves of IVF technology. My girl is opening the egg and the �hatchling� is hesitantly looking around� I am happy with the combination of materials and forms � as I should be�!
Bloom - 2012 (SOLD)
Bloom
This piece was made for the Found things show. I had the idea of a pyramid form with a ring, I was helping a friend develop a flower and this ended up on it as well. I had the idea of my character pushing a ball.. gathering up excess junk as fertilizer for this growing formsort of a human dung beetlestill I guess many of us do our best to nourish life wherever we find itand beauty comes out of the most unusual settings.
Bloom 2 - 2012 (Recycled)
Bloom 2
I did Bloom and it had quite a geometric form as its structure.. I was playing with this panelling and thought a more flowing form with metal junk leaves would be interesting to explore� the sketch is a bit more fluid but the end result is pleasing to me�.a reflection on life?..an exploration of form ?�both have some truth. And a degree of beauty too.
Bloom 3 - 2012 (SOLD)
Bloom 3
a friend commissioned this piece for his wife on seeing it at the exhibition
blue poles - 2012
blue poles
This piece also came from the available reclaimed material. I picked up an old swing set from my friends the Timbury Grants and it was a lot of Blue Poles. As one of my other friends( Kerrie Warren) was greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock and Australia had bought his giant Blue Poles for the National Gallery in Canberra, I though a homage to Kerrie/Pollock and the Timbury Grants would work well with a large Blue poles of my own It was bigger than most of my other work and also heavier but overall the effect is fine!( I dont think anyone will offer me the same price as the original but I would consider it!!
bowser - 2012 (SOLD)
bowser
This was an order and I had fun making the bowser out of quite a few bits that relate to cars
Bunyip for Bunyip Primary - 2012 (SOLD)
Bunyip for Bunyip Primary
This was a request following a small session drawing things with he Bunyip Primary cooking and Gardening club. Jane Guy organised it and this is to go on a wall at the school
Cactus - 2012 (Recycled)
Cactus
I have been working of late at filling orders and working into my pile. This piece came about from an old harrow that had been given to me a few years ago. Things often sit in my pile until they suggest something. I like as much as possible to keep some of the form of the original as a sort of tribute to the original craftsmen who made it. The Harrow had some wonderful blacksmithing and was obviously over 100 yrs old and I loved how the spikes were set into the supports, the curly tops and the form of the spikes themselves. As I had started a small series of whimsical plants the idea of leaving most of the form but developing a cactus plant from it suggested itself.
compass - 2012 (SOLD)
compass
Compass
I did a piece called star in 2011 as part of our response to Canada Exhibition. I was not 100% happy with its form so as one of my jobs this year I decided to modify it and make it�better�. I did like the star form but it seemed lacking in a direction so what better to do than a compass� The form of this piece is based on a compass form and the stars were often used to guide mariners to dry land.( rocks) It all seems a much better composition and I am now content with this piece
Core - 2012 (SOLD)
Core
I found an idea in a book with pieces extending beyond the frame. In the original, they are just lines but bearing in mind a bit of safety I explored on paper what it would look like with curls. It looked great!. I used these type of forms for some of my new Zealand exhibition pieces but this one is quite a change. I added the rock core( with the metal backing initially cause it looked good. As I thought about what a core is.. I decided that it is the core of values we all start out with.. some set in stone and how we have a variety of paths we can take out into the society some paths are outside normal society and we all have choices. Some paths require lots of work and some paths are easy (I think of many of the bright kids I taught who took a vcal course because it was easy and their mates were doing it).Anyway here is Core.
cow - 2012 (SOLD)
cow
One of the Galleries I supply asked me for a cow and having made them one I thought what better than to have a similar beast here in the heart of Dairy country This cow sort of suggest the machine type farming of the present/future�.I have used 4 of the teat cups in her construction again suggesting her value as a milker�. Although without teats she won�t have a high yield! .
cow for community garden Jindivick - 2012 (SOLD)
cow for community garden Jindivick
I was asked to make a sculpture for the community Garden at Jindivick which would be able to have a plaque attached... I thought a cow would be appropriate and she has worked out well.
dairy flower - 2012 (SOLD)
dairy flower
just a fun piece using some milking equipment.
dress 2 ( farmer) - 2012 (SOLD)
dress 2 ( farmer)
I have made a series of figures in the past using junk metal as a comment on fashion. In this case the materials suggest a permanence in contrast to the impermanence of fashion. I have used rocks as part of this piece and this is sort of in response to seeing a character using rocks in Canada. He was a rock balancer but that seems a bit hard for me . I liked the idea of a dress made from rocks and I recently saw the white wedding dress exhibition where there were dresses made from clay as sculptures. One of the aspects of pop art was changing materials and recreating the form of things but with another inappropriate material. For a man with little dress sense , perhaps this is quite an appropriate piece!I added the hat recently and also the rake and she seems happier with something to do!
escapee - 2012 (SOLD)
escapee
I made a piece last year titled bird in a gilded cage. It sold at a show but one of the galleries I show at in Sydney, asked for a similar piece. I did this and it had a trip to Sydney. It did not sell there and the comment that the owner said was mentioned time and again was that the bird looked trapped. When we brought it back home I remedied this problem and to a degree it is much more positive and dynamic. I added a bit of colour to the cage also.This piece is now at Kongwak Gallery
flying ducks - 2012 (SOLD)
flying ducks
This is the first piece of new work done in 2012. I wanted to work with bird forms and as I am still amused by rocks in the air this is an extension of the flying rock piece ,I filled the forms with recycled rock offcuts ( thank you Maery Gabriel) and these give a slight variation in colour as well as oddness!.The flying ducks are again a bit of a retro look back at the popular decoration of the 50s except these actuallyfly. I actually remember making at least one flying duck as a woodwork project..mind you all ducks were the same and you just followed the template. Being sort of 2-d they have a similar form to the original idea but these ones are outdoor based rather than indoor suggesting at least the possibility of them escaping into the wild.( Certainly they have changed position in times of strong wind!)
Grist to the mill - 2012
Grist to the mill
This piece is part of the Found things exhibition. Again inspired by thosespecial pieces in the pile In this case the lawn mower drum and the lovely bits of channel .. oh yes and the box roller which I have been saving for years. I could see the mower chewing up and spitting out and this seemed very suggestive of the corporate world the channel iron supports were perfect for this and of course the box roller as suggestive of a snakes and ladders existence until you achieve a certain level .
As to the title.. well grist means something to be ground and the phrase means to use to ones advantage
Grounded - 2012 (SOLD)
Grounded
This piece was made for the �young and free� exhibition. I have been exploring combinations of stone and steel and this was another opportunity to go further. I am commenting on our obsession with appearances ( and the cult of youth and beauty) and the reality of achievement.
I have used a dancer form as representative of someone who is young, free, graceful and beautiful but by making the form with rock at the main filler material I have suggested she is �grounded�. This word is sometimes used as a punishment for young people but in this case it is intrinsic to the form. The wings suggest flight and the use of recycled metal gives a sense of laciness but again they are heavy and suggest she will never fly.. In some ways this can be taken as negative and disparaging to young people but having been a teacher for 30 years I have seen many achieve great things in both creative and commercial fields and usually it comes from a sense of being grounded in reality that they can overcome any obstacle and achieve their dreams.
Head hands and heart - 2012 (SOLD)
Head hands and heart
This piece evolved from a combination of elements. I had the rectangular frame and then made the heart and built the body form around this. I was playing really but I sort of wanted to say that the three things, head ,hands and heart are all connected…. Certainly the things I make with my hands are products of my head and heart and really the hands express so much that our heart and head create. The girls body language suggests the interaction of these elements and it is interesting how thoughtful and emotional the piece is mainly from the expression of the hands.
Heavy Metal - 2012
Heavy Metal
As I have been working into my pile of scrap I have found pieces which were too heavy and too lovely to alter. The wonderful bolted piece at the top of this sculpture was one. I could not think how to use it until now and I combined it with a number of other heavy pieces.to give the form. .As I was modifying the sculpture playing the blues at this time the small guitar playing character was available and I thought he would give a little bit of resonance to the piece crossing over the two definitions of heavy metal
hexagon rock seat - 2012 (SOLD)
hexagon rock seat
I modified the hexagon sculpture to be part of this seat.... seems good!
hoop girl - 2012 (SOLD)
hoop girl
Grace and style� these are things I tend to lack so when I see even small children able to handle a hoop and not look silly, then I feel old! However, I used to be able to do this and not look silly and it is one of those things that always amaze that a simple device like this can provide hours of fun and challenge. I made three hoop girls in various forms in my smaller work and this is the first time I have ventured into the bigger scale. I also have played with using colour much more vigorously and I quite like this girl and her composition. She has gone to Frances Keevil Gallery.
I-Pod - 2012
I-Pod
I wanted to make a ball using shapes cut with the plasma cutter just exploring the idea of a flower pod form and then I thought of combining it with a human figure such as I had done with odd pieces in my smaller work. The title came in thinking about the pod aspect and considering how we appropriate words for new forms often forgetting their old usage. Anyway she has quite a bit of attitudejust a bend in the leg and the arm position added the neck to give more fluidity..shes a bit spiky and a bit assertive and I think she makes a nice addition to the collection!..and not a touch screen in sight!
Inner Wheel - 2012 (Recycled)
Inner Wheel
I spoke at an �inner wheel � club recently and it is part of the Rotary organization� This doesn�t really refer to that but the name seems to have stuck.
This is based on the form I found as described in �Core� but here I have explored it in a slightly different way. I have kept the extensions in the curled form and added junk around the core of rock. Similar to core.. it has an inner �wheel� which is the center of our individual world .. we deal with the junk of life forming paths through the debris and clutter and reach a point where we can really grow . Child hood, adolescence and adulthood�and to a degree the great beyond!
Janines dress - 2012 (SOLD)
Janines dress
Janine Riches a talented local painter really liked the original dress piece at Kerrie Warren's so she commissioned something similar. Hence this is Janine's dress.I swapped it for a painting of a girl in a dress... sort of appropriate
landscape( remodified) - 2012 (SOLD)
landscape( remodified)
I saw a lovely necklace somewhere which was just a bare tree form and I thought that this would be a fine thing to develop into one of my pieces. The proportions are different and I added the sun for colour and the background mountains as I feel this gives the piece a greater life than just the tree form alone. The tree form still standing is such a strong symbol that it appeals to me on all sorts of levels. I used to be a woodworker and I was often torn between the beauty of the weathered form and what treasures of colour and texture could reside within it. I have a beautiful weathered fence post at my home which a friend gave me to cut up but the texture and outside form is so beautiful I could not bear it..Hence it still resides standing outside my shed! I modified this piece at the start of 2012 by adding the rocks as a base and moving the sun and adding leaves. It has more resonance as a tree recovering from a fire than just a dead tree. sold Jan 2015
life cycles - 2012 (Recycled)
life cycles
Everything is connected but nothing connects� well that�s what this piece reflects. We all have events or parts of life which involve us fully at the time and often we are happy to see that part go�leave it behind�.yet in one way or another it has an effect in later stages of life� In this piece the pedals don�t power the wheel and the wheel does not interact with the wagon wheel rim, yet all are joined in one form or another�. A simple piece yet not bad I think.( not to mention the play on words with the life cycle and the bike bits�..!)
lift 3 - 2012 (Withdrawn from Sale)
lift 3
I did this as a rwequest from my son.. I had done one before and apparently some of his friends saw it and thought they would like it ... but it was sold.. Caleb had it made for their wedding.
lighting the way - 2012
lighting the way
One of my friends was making an octopus and this sat in the back of my head. Still working toward this exhibition and thinking along Shaun Tan Lines this creation developed. I had found this wonderful light somewhere and the other odd bits came together with the roller skates. I must admit there are also elements of add science fiction movies and stories in it too.. No real deep meaning I think unless it is that we head in one direction but often trail a collection of debris behind us..deep? or just a lovely silly piece.
Man of steel - 2012 (SOLD)
Man of steel

I was leafing through a book and the superman comic was mentioned as a “man of steel” It amused me immediately to interpret this in my own manner( working with steel as I do!). I must admit to loving comics as a kid but there certainly are lots of junky bits about Superman and the whole superhero thing. This is also the first piece where I have used colour through the whole piece and apart from being a bit tiresome to paint , overall I am quite delighted with the result. I like the 2-d form as this references the comics and the transparent nature also suggests we can see through this”rubbish”


Motion Detector - 2012 (Recycled)
Motion Detector
mountain sunrise( windmill) - 2012 (SOLD)
mountain sunrise( windmill)
I had the idea that I hadnt done a lot of 3-d pieces so far this year. Some one delivered a hay rake from a tractor and I thought it would be perfect for a sun form but it would need a suitably big support. I pictured a large pyramid with this sun form at the top. It was taller than most of my other work with the pyramid being 3m and the sun adding another meter. It certainly got heavier as it progressed. When it was put in the paddock/garden it looked like a windmill so I expect people wont even notice it as it will be a familiar form. It does reflect a bit on our governments policy of wind farms which seems to be at a standstill( like my windmill) but really it is just a nice form using interesting bits.
musical chair - 2012
musical chair
I had my sculpture Playing the blues sitting in the sculpture garden and I noticed that many people just walked past it . I thought it was a bit obvious.. just a big blue note with the little character on top. Some one on the radio mentioned musical chairs and as I had recently made a spring stool the idea of converting this piece into a musical chair appealed. It is now quite an experience and the spring I used is not a very stiff spring so it tends to resist being sat on!.. still not all music is accessible and my chair sort of reflects this.. and it is a bit less ignorable than it was!
Nevermore - 2012 (SOLD)
Nevermore

I was reading a book recently and images of ravens came with it…and at the Jindi sculpture show Janice hunter had cutout shapes of animals . Maybe they both fused in my imagination with the lines of an old poem by Edgar allen Poe which I had read in my younger days.. I could not remember the actual poem( I have looked it up since) but I did remember a sense of melancholy and sadness. Anyway this is another piece with birds and it is in a simple ….and for me ….unusual form. We do have both crows and ravens in Australia  and they often hang around eating stuff …off the road..hence I thought to do Nevermore in red ( bloody ) so it would be appropriate to these guys.


 Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!

By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore -

Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,

It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore -

Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?'

Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.
new zealand reprise - 2012 (SOLD)
new zealand reprise
I did a show a couple of years ago based on our holiday in New Zealand. I found lots of Maori shapes which show great fluidity and beauty. Some of these forms have been sitting at the back of my thoughts and seeing a small neck pendant beside my bed decided me on doing something similar. It was originally a closed loop at the top but it suggested an 8 too much and I am much more content with this incarnation.
part of the puzzle - 2012 (SOLD)
part of the puzzle
This is a piece I have modified. I used to do jigsaw puzzles when I was a kid and I loved the forms that suggested where they were to go. To a degree I am still doing jigsaw puzzles in that each piece like this is a deciding where each individual element is appropriate to fit.
Life is a puzzle and I am always amazed I have made it to this age and really it still is not much clearer. I certainly try to fit the pieces together to make a whole but there are still odd pieces which don�t seem to fit anywhere.However this piece is a corner piece and doing puzzles corner and edge bits are the starting point to developing the structure.You have to start somewhere!
This piece was part of the Art Melbourne show at the Exhibition Buildings Carlton.in 2009 and has since beenoutside the barn restaurant at Jindivick
Power Source - 2012 (SOLD)
Power Source
This piece is part of the Found things exhibition. A lovely collection of wheels and bits make the main vehicle. I suppose I was always amused by the interconnectedness of things .. such as a butterfly flaps its wings in the amazon and weather patterns changewell it got me thinking a bit about what we take for granted Hoses to pull vehicles yet Eskimos use dogs others use camels . Again a bit of whimsy and I do like the way they all flutter but perhaps we do need to be a bit more creative in our thinking in all sorts of ways.
Rainbows for sale and rent - 2012
Rainbows for sale and rent
I had a student who was making a rainbow as part of her piece and it got me thinking about what I would do with a rainbow. I remember being amazed when water was bottled and sold and I feel almost everything is commodified. If rainbows could be collected they would be sold in the same way as bottled water, no doubt rainbows from say Belgium would sell for a premium out here. Imported you know!
My rainbow has been brutally attacked and cut to pieces .. and my little character is a reference to stories of the little people with a golden hoard at the end of the rainbow.
A thing of beauty is best appreciated in its natural setting and in its natural form.
rescue me - 2012 (SOLD)
rescue me
There is a song called rescue me.. which helped with the title but in this piece I started with a ring form that I had seen somewhere recently. At college we had to make a box ring which is similar to this and I did like the shape.. if not the actual ring as I dont wear rings . As the piece developed and I found some of Mary Gabriels wonderful warm marble pieces to fill it up it seemed to me that it was suggesting being trapped in a situation and needing help. My characters are doing this and often we find we need someone elses help to get out of trouble.With one side all metal and the other side rock it does suggest the material world as well as the natural world.
Sail away - 2012 (SOLD)
Sail away
I was doing a range of work where I was using lots of panels for part of the piece. I decided to do a boat after doing the bicycle boat and this developed as I went along. I like the idea of sailing although I have never really done it and I have created my boat in a particularly whimsical form. As to my characters� well they are just part of the story�This piece went to the Warragul rotary art show .and the title was suggested by a Randy Newman song that I really enjoyed when I was younger.
searching for the silver lining - 2012 (SOLD)
searching for the silver lining
This was an order from a client
separate paths - 2012 (SOLD)
separate paths
This piece was recycled from my “5” sculpture I wanted to look at different objects working in the same area but never coming in contact.. Some people go through their whole lives just missing the person who is right for them.( not me!) . In this piece there is a sense of movement and the colours help to make it much more dynamic but still separate. I guess the colours are stereotypical gender colours but really I used them because they work together and are bright! I added the two characters in 2013 to make the story a bit clearer
She`s not there - 2012 (Recycled)
She`s not there

There is an old Zombies song called “she’s not there” and I liked the idea of how often the girls I see are distracted by the “reality” that they live through their phones rather than engage with the real world and “real people” I also did this to explore the effect of negative space and initially where the stars are was a girl shaped hole. I had another piece with a similar negative space and it also wasn’t enjoyed so I added a form into the space and it became very popular. The message this gives is slightly different from the original intent but I do like the girl among the stars aspect to it .There is an element of loss but also an element of not losing too.



 



“She’s not there” was made from recycled steel in 2012 and modified in 2015


smile - 2012 (SOLD)
smile
I did this as part of the jindi sculpture show 2012. It is sort of a throwback to the forms I made for the New Zealand show
stone seat( rubber and road) - 2012
stone seat( rubber and road)
survival - 2012
survival
This piece was made for the bonanza show. I have been moving between the use of junk metal and recycled rock and this piece combines them nicely. I also wanted to further express my ecological concerns and make a comment on the pace of change. Where I live its all lovely and green but as I live in a growth corridor I have seen fields developed into housing estates almost overnight. There was an old Ron Cobb cartoon of something similar and I just feel that this piece expresses my optimism that nature will survive. In even the most unfriendly environment
sydney bird - 2012 (SOLD)
sydney bird
An order through Frances Keevil for some customers in Sydney
The expulsion machine - 2012 (SOLD)
The expulsion machine
This piece was made for the Catharsis show in 2012. Catharsis means to purge or clean out and I made thismachine to suggest such a possibility! I had been looking at lots of Shaun Tan type devices and my pile of scrap had a number of pieces which wanted to be used.
It is entirely whimsical although both the bell and the hammer do make appropriate sounds. Unfortunately the big horn hasnt got going so although this piece is a catharsis of some of my lovely bits of junk there is a large part that hasnt been purged ( and my pile is still pretty big.).
I am not sure if what I have constructed refers to my past teaching life where the bell was the end of the period and all the students were removed.. and the hammer.. was a way of relieving frustration( not on the students) but by creating something at home!. Perhaps I am now going through a catharsis by trying to purge all the ideas I had building up in me! It is a friendly machine though. And rather lumbering sort of like me!
the pursuit of dreams - 2012
the pursuit of dreams
With the found things exhibition I have given myself permission to play with all the bits I had been saving for something special. To a degree this has lead to all sorts of odd combinations but it has been lots of fun. This piece had a very basic sketch idea but it developed with the addition of the wonderful chain and the buggy spring. There is a nice sense of rhythm I feel and this suggest to me the sailing of the boat in the waves. My character is using a sail to propel the bike and my little girl is enjoying the movement or is she completely unaware of this person in the background who is working so hard to provide her with this sensation
the value of friends - 2012 (SOLD)
the value of friends
This piece was made for the show e-motion meets e-art.
I thought what I would do for this show and the idea of a broken heart image came to me�I like the patched effect and my two �friends� doing their best to help heal the heart seem to me to reflect some of the emotions we all go through in our lives.Like a hole in a tooth a broken heart seems gigantic and its hard to draw perspective� and that�s where friends often help.
The walk home - 2012
The walk home
I had gathered this beer cask top from the metal recycler somewhen in the past and it had sat happily in the pile . I had the idea of using all these coupling pieces as part of a dna idea but when I had it part built I wasnt all that interested in it but the addition of the keg top to these wobbly legs and speaking from personal experience walking while having a few beers inside can be a challenging experience sort of like steering a ship in a rough seaanyway this is how this combination developed and if not quite as whimsical as some of the pieces it has elements of war of the worlds, as well as a reflection on reality
Totem - 2012 (Recycled)
Totem
This was an order from a friend... to use an old mower and bits from their property... it seemed to suggest symmetry and the reo pieces on the side reference a civil engineer on the place as well...different than most of the other pieces but sort of cool
Unity in dualism( economy 2) - 2012 (Recycled)
Unity in dualism( economy 2)
Early in my career of making larger sculptures I made a piece called economy after our trip to china.. It was based on a chinese coin and I liked the idea of a chaos of pieces making a united economy. This image is on my open sign and I thought it worthwhile revisiting the idea. I did this piece bigger and thinner and the square is on an angle creating a window into the yard. I like the idea of these two common forms ( circle and square) combining also to create a unity.. at least to me.
waratah - 2012 (SOLD)
waratah
I did this piece as an order from my friend Bev. It is about 6 by 4 feet and took quite a few hours to cut out...not keen on repeating the idea.
Wedgetail - 2012 (SOLD)
Wedgetail
This piece also developed out of the pieces at hand. I remember meeting a wedgetail eagle at the zoo once .. It hopped down from its perch and stomped over to the bars of its cage, wings extended and looking extremely stroppy� I was impressed!! And glad the cage was between me and him� In Canada the totems include the Raven and the Thunderbird and to a degree this might be a bit of a subconscious throwback to our visit�The rasps ( wing feathers) had sat there for a while and have a wonderful texture.( they are something to do with horses I think) and a friend ( Geoff) brought over a small collection of junk from his place and one of the bits immediately suggested itself as the beak. Abstract, symmetrical but with a nice sense of power�� I think.
Apostrophe - 2011 (SOLD)
Apostrophe
From the latin and greek, meaning a turning away
Used for the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction of do not to don't).the marking of possessive case (as in the cats whiskers) and the marking as plural of written items that are not words established in English orthography (as in P's and Q's, the late 1950's).
. I like the form and it is an extension of the work I did from the inspiration of New Zealand. I added the Yellow disc to give an enlarged sense of movement and it has quite a spinning motion considering how simple the form is. I guess I have made my own turning away by spinning the apostrophe around!
Balancing man - 2011 (SOLD)
Balancing man
Unbalanced
I had an order from a friend for a variety of characters in different poses. I thought I would do a prototype piece first and I wanted something a bit dramatic in the pose.I ended up with this piece and I have decided that although he is life size he is a bit too big and heavy. Still I like the dynamism of it although he was quite a tricky character to balance and set up.
Ball on stand - 2011 (SOLD)
Ball on stand
A lady had wanted one of the earlier ones and she asked again.. I decided I needed to tidy up my pile so I worked all week and got this one done.
Big Bunny - 2011 (SOLD)
Big Bunny
Doing the Kangaroos got me thinking about their competitors. Obviously the rabbit is the main one..It sort of puzzles me why we dont have rabbit farms they breed quickly, they produce edible meat and they are a nuisance as they are!. My rabbit is what happens when they eat too much a big problem..also the use of junk expresses their place in our landscape I doubt if they will see it and go away.still you never know!
Big Cocky - 2011 (SOLD)
Big Cocky
We often have sulphur crested Cockatoos visit our place.. and other cockys too but you can tell they are about by their harsh call and usually broken pinecones and bits of branch dropped around the trees. They are such characters and I really enjoy their intelligence, playfulness and presence. When I was a kid I knew and old lady who had one in a cage and it was always with delight that I might be allowed to feed italso the terror that that strong beak might take off a finger! .I have made this piece with junk( as is my common practice) to reflect that this marvelous bird is often regarded as a pest to farmers when they descend on a crop in large flocks and strip things bare quickly. This is the second piece I have made featuring a bird form and I am continually amazed by the fluidity and grace of these heavy birds..
This piece went to Sculpture in the Vineyards up at Wollombi near Cessnock
Big Dog - 2011 (SOLD)
Big Dog
Frances wanted a big dog and I have done bigger but I thought this one had considerable charm. The nose is an old insulator and he developed around this
Currently at Frances Keevil Gallery Sydney
Big Fish - 2011 (Recycled)
Big Fish
This came more from the joy of repeated pattern from using the horseshoes.. It was heading to be a fish submarine but I liked it too much in the form it is. I added the character for scale and also to comment how we can overcome our problems.. at least in the short term .. by confidence and just getting on with it� although in this case the problem is still there..if lurking below the surface a bit!
Big Red - 2011 (Recycled)
Big Red
I have been doing a few animal shapes and I wanted to revive a bit of interest in Kangaroos so this is the third one I have done and I have sort of reminded of the shape and form of the penny as we used to have it. I have since remodified it
Bird in a gilded cage - 2011 (SOLD)
Bird in a gilded cage
�Bird in a gilded cage�.
I seem to be having a session on working on animal shapes. I have often done bird forms in my seats but this is the first one as a sculpture. As a kid I used to have a budgie, Nan had a canary but as I have got older I sort of dislike the idea of caging things�especially refugees! My bird is beautiful in form but she has no room to fly and I like the subtle message that is implicit in it. The gilded cage is implied by the golden ring.. and although there are no bars�my bird is mainly 2-D so she can�t react in the third dimension.
bluestone( rock) - 2011 (Recycled)
bluestone( rock)
When we were youngish we lived in a place called Mortlake in the western District. This had lots of Bluestone( Basalt) architecture and I was always impressed with its solidity.
I have been enjoying how words work for a while now. I love the fact that some words have a variety of meanings for the same pronunciation and I wanted to do a rock that would �rock�..so to speak. I had another rock lined up but as I was passing the entrance to the shed I saw this bluestone and thought how much fun it would be to have layers of �meaning�.. a rock that would rock.. and a bluestone that would be blue! Not all that clever I agree but quite fun in its own way
Bolt - 2011 (SOLD)
Bolt
I have created a mesh( a web) where I have used bolts as the structure to symbolize how every thing is interconnected with rock forms at the centre. This is based on the interconnectedness of all living things on this planet. I have been a firm believer in Global warming and it amazes me that some of our leading politicians do not see it as real. With polar bears almost vanishing and lots of other animals suffering and changing their living patterns as a result of the changing weather it seems to me that it is fairly easy to “believe other living things”
center of it all - 2011
center of it all
Centre of it all
Another piece playing with geometry. I made the star shape for another idea but it sat quietly in my shed for a bit. I then was reminded of the Leonardo drawing with man as the centre of a square and a circle and I thought that this idea would be appropriate with both the circle and the pentagon. I added the red to represent life in the middle of an unloving universe although it looks like a red jumpsuit and I cant stop thinking of the �fat elvis� . Still I like the overall effect and the message
circle bird - 2011 (SOLD)
circle bird
This is one of the first pieces done since our return from Canada. We saw a design similar in form to this in Vancouver and I sketched it down and a couple of variations. It is more just a nice Graphic design than a real relation to the Native art there but it called to me to do it in my circle based shapes. I like the complete unity of the piece with all of the forms enfolded within the circle.!
Creation - 2011 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Creation

I went to an art piece in May called the Sex lectures where Bec Van Dyk illustrated a Monash lecturer’s talk. One of the images was similar to this piece but a bit more symmetrical. I didn’t get that much out of the show but I did like this form so I have appropriated it for this piece. As it has something to do with reproduction I have included a little person in there too. The shape is just a touch more pill shaped on the outside than Bec’s and I feel this also refers to how we expect pills to do whatever we want in this manner. Certainly a pill is used to stop getting pregnant and we now have medical methods to help getting pregnant..



Creation” was made in 2011 from Flat bar and recycled steel.


dancer - 2011 (SOLD)
dancer
Dancer
A sketch started this piece as it does many and it was so interesting I wanted to get on to it straight away. I added the leg as I thought it would be a bit too compact but then I had to alter the proportions as it looked a bit skinny in the front. The flow of the form suggests a dancer and the leaning forward also gives movement and balance to the piece.
It sort of has echoes back to the work I did last year for the �New Zealand� exhibition but it extends beyond that is bigger than most of my pieces. This is the second piece I have painted white and overall I am happy with it.
dancing man - 2011 (SOLD)
dancing man
This was a request to do for Warragul Regional Colleges centenary. It hangs just above the entrance to the admin area. The dancing man is a wonderful symbol. It was designed for the regional college when the High and Tech schools amalgamated and isnt so much a man but a pathway leading to the light on the hill..that is the school on the hill. Its a wonderful combination of positive and negative spaces and it suggests a joyful person as much as a pathway. Hopefully the two combine and certainly many people say that their school years are the most happiest and formative.
I had the brief to use the symbol to create a sculpture for the schools centenary and after a bit of general discussion with the Principal it was decided that rather than a towering outdoor sculpture a more intimate, human scale piece be created to fit within the space it now occupies.
I kept reasonably well to the proportions and as I mainly use recycled materials in my work, I looked for pieces that would reflect the story of education on the site. I had pieces associated with horses ( Haymes and shoes) and I thought they sort of referred to the agricultural nature of the origins of the school as well as some of the ways of transport that various students would have used. There are also some engineering parts which refer to the Tech school aspect and of course there are other school based elements such as part of a locker door, a lock, some school implements including things from Home eco to suggest the female component.
To a degree I was limited in my approach by wanting to only use what I could weld to make the sculpture longlasting and fairly robust. Hence there are no pencils, computers blackboards, etc etc.. Still ,the piece is only meant to be a symbol not a complete whole school and I have tried to create a balanced and positive form.
As a retired teacher, I value state education and as my children went to this school I have a range of links myself to this place. Some of the teachers I worked with also had a history with WRC and perhaps as a former technology teacher, it is fitting that this piece not only uses some of the skills I taught but also perhaps suggests another dancing man who was a technology teacher here for many years, Roy McPherson.
I also think that education takes a raw material and makes it into something with a form and perhaps this piece also has aspects of this in it as well.
May the school prosper and may the dancing man always reflect the joy that WRCs students gain from learning.
Division - 2011 (Recycled)
Division
We went to the Vienna exhibition at the National Gallery recently and there was a set of cutlery which had the form of a semi circular blades. I noted this away in my sketch book as a form to explore. I tried a number of possibilities and ended up with this. It is almost figurative but the ball is meant to suggest that it is forcing these two forms apart and the lines suggest the splitting asunder.( great word asunder) . It is also quite vertical unlike a lot of my other work and I am at present exploring ideas related to totem poles seen during our recent trip to Canada.
I also like the aspect of division in that it has the elements of a division sign ( if you take a bit of artistic licence) !This piece is currently on view at Jinks creek winery Tonimbuk
Dragon - 2011 (Recycled)
Dragon
This piece went to Canada too. It is like a dragons tail and is an extension of the forms I developed from the New zealand trip.
dress in situ - 2011 (SOLD)
dress in situ
Here is how the people who bought dress have set her up
Five - 2011 (Recycled)
Five
This is a piece for the Canadian exhibition. When we were there we saw an exhibition of an artist who had started off with fairly natural work and who had progressed to more abstraction. One of his works involved numbers. When we came back I was looking through some photos and the shape of the 5 suggested a nice form to play with. What does 5 mean to me? Well I have a family of 5, I am in my 50�s,and to a degree I guess to each of us there would be some relationship. One of the things I did like about the piece was that by doing it so large it took away from the mundane 5�s we all write to make it something impressive in its own right. This piece is currently on view at Jinks Creek winery.. Tonimbuk
flight( Flying rock) - 2011 (SOLD)
flight( Flying rock)
I have incorporated rocks in some of my small pieces from time to time and I have been impressed by another sculptor who creates pieces where the rocks hang from wires. I have played with balance for quite a few years now and this is the first piece where I have taken the ideas of some of my smaller works and created a big piece from it. I love the magic of a rock being in the air and the wings give it a whimsy that appeals to me. It also reflects my amazement that planes made from steel/ aluminium etc.. all rock based minerals, actually fly. This basalt rock is from the ground near my home and I had discovered it with the mower for a number of years. It gives me pleasure that this nuisance rock is now being a delight as part of my work.
Girl and birds - 2011 (SOLD)
Girl and birds
I have drawn girl faces for quite a while..not quite sure what I like about them.. possibly the hair.. the unattainable beauty..the trying to get a likeness. I had not tried to do one in steel up to now and rather than just trying for a portrait I thought something symbolic would be more fun. I added the bird shapes and this allowed for different colours to be incorporated. It also gives it a slightly witchy natural spirit aspect to it .
At this point in time it is down at Koonwarra at Lyrebird hill winery(2011) as part of the sculpture in the vinyards show
half a world away - 2011 (SOLD)
half a world away
Another piece for the Australian/ Canada exhibition. This one is our thoughts at the start ,when going to Canada was � a world away. The piece was inspired by a design of balls rolling down a slope. It took a while to get the basic form together and the patchy side is meant to reflect the multicultural society we come from. It has a bit of a �Titanic � feel and to a degree the unsuccessfulness of the exhibition might have an echo here. The chain was originally going to be a ladder but the idea of some solid links to home has quite a resonance.
Hexagon/Geometric Landscape - 2011 (Recycled)
Hexagon/Geometric Landscape
his is a recycled piece.. It originally was like a bridge and was set on a mirror to make the whole form. It broke the mirror a few times so I made it into the base of another sculpture. This also was unsuccessful and I cut it up and separated the two pieces to make this form. It was heading to be an insect form with internal and external ovals but I changed it again when I got to this stage cause it looked so good.. I guess it doesn�t have any real meaning.. except what you bring to it but it is ( to me) an attractive form .
Horse - 2011
Horse
I had done a few pieces based on horses in the past. This one is just the head and was inspired by a picture from Mesopotamia of a carving in stone. Similar thickness but slightly different take on things.
Human race - 2011
Human race
This piece was made for the easter arts festival which had the theme of the Gift in 2011.Who is chasing who? Obviously this is about love..and running..( I dont run much..if at all) but the Stawell gift is held at easter and I thought I would take a running theme for this piece. Again when they are running/chasing they are not aware of all the junk that hold them up.. community traditions everyday life.. the focus is on the race and like the Stawell gift it achieves an importance until the end is met or the aim is gained...It applies to all of us in some way.. and my only sadness is that in this depiction the pair will never combine.. except in spirit.
This piece is currently on view at Mingara Gallery Phillip Island
infinity field - 2011 (Recycled)
infinity field
I have made a piece with mirror reflections before, notably in the reflections on China exhibition�Gumbay�.
I had recently captured these lovely metal hatch cover things and they were sitting on the top of the pile. One night I could not sleep and this idea popped into my head. The next day ,I quickly made the supports and I chose red and blue as opposite colours in science( Litmus test.. remember?) and set them up. It proved very tricky to get the alignment right and I modified one base so it would be more amenable to subtle movements� It mostly works now and you too can be part of infinity! ( there is a slight curve in it� thus proving Einsteins comment that space is curved ( or that I haven�t set it up quite right)!
Junk Ball - 2011 (SOLD)
Junk Ball
I have made about 4 of these forms now. They take a while but the end result is always interesting.
Kangaroo - 2011 (SOLD)
Kangaroo
Given to the Bensons in Canada.

Kangaroos - 2011 (SOLD)
Kangaroos
The Kangaroos.. I did three pair over the year.. the first went to Toorak rd Exhibition and sold, the second was for a lady who had been burnt out and the third pair went to Canada. I gave the tall one to the Bensons who we stayed with and the bending one came home. I made a new taller one and that sold at the Victorian Canada exhibition.
Kangaroos - 2011
Kangaroos
I did a pair of Kangaroos in January. I then entered them in� the Toorak sculpture show( but decided to do two more for this) and then decided to do two more to go with the canada exhibition. Here are the two in Toorak.. on Toorak Rd Near Grange Rd.. They sold too!
landscape - 2011 (Recycled)
landscape
I found the idea of a tree form and added the hills and the sun.. the tree was a touch distorted from my original idea but it seems to work.
maple Leaf - 2011 (SOLD)
maple Leaf
I wanted to do a piece appropriate to Canada.. this one is going there too. .. so I chose a maple leaf form. Simple but seemingly appropriate
Moon Crescent - 2011 (SOLD)
Moon Crescent
mountain bike - 2011 (SOLD)
mountain bike
I had the idea of a wave form with a circle at the tip as I made it the circle seemed appropriate to be a bike wheel.. and spin.. Having done this very tall piece.. the name mountain bike just seemed appropriate. Not a lot of meaning but quite a bit of fun!
pig - 2011 (SOLD)
pig
Frances asked for a pig.... I think this one is lovely but again it hasnt sold... yet..maybe he needs to put on a bit more weight!
pose - 2011
pose
I did this piece for a show called Nowa Nowa Nudes and it is supposed to be a self portrait. I mainly work with recycled material and this was just ideal for this piece. I have posed a version of myself in a life drawing pose( I used to do it and teach it) ... a bit of a stretch and hands on the head with a leg placed to preserve a bit of modesty.. I have never felt comfortable with my body and I always had a paunch. This aspect is reflected in the junk used .I have suggested anatomical features with bits of junk and some of the pieces express my feelings about myself,( a drill in the head cause I can be Boring!) etc etc.
My neighbor thinks I have made him too thin.... I dont! but then that might be different perceptions...I dont really expect him to sell... But he can hang around here for a while!
reach - 2011
reach
I had the idea of these two points reaching for a star, and I had a bit of choice as to where the star was going to be .. too far out and it starts to look like a flag of one of the Islamic nations. I ended up placing it where it is and using the mosaic mirror for the star which contrasts nicely to the rest of the �junk��.It sort of has echoes of the statement� lying in the gutter but looking at the stars� This was the first piece completed after we returned from Canada, but I had the idea before we left.This piece is currently on view at Gary Miles gallery.
Skipping Girl - 2011 (SOLD)
Skipping Girl
I have done a small skipping girl but I was asked to do a couple of girls for the sydney gallery and I thought as I was having a bit of a retro time( pennys and such) I should also refer to our iconic skipping girl vinegar.( A really great band too if you get the chance to see them)
Small Horse - 2011 (SOLD)
Small Horse
I had done some large horses in the past. This is really just a pony or shetland but it was appropriate to going to Sydney.. I thought!
star - 2011 (Recycled)
star
I have made a number of pieces where the sum of the parts creates a whole and each part is basically worthless. This is another of those. I wanted to explore using pieces of broken up concrete behind a mesh within an outside shape. I was playing with star forms and I was going to suggest a falling/rising star and I did toy with the idea of a �rock star�. Neither of these ideas seem to be appropriate to the finished piece as it has a bit more �gravity� and I like the idea of this star form floating here above the ground. Maybe a better title will come to me!
Stranded on the rocks - 2011 (SOLD)
Stranded on the rocks
I saw some piece where there was a rock and a boat and I liked the idea but wanted to develop it my way with both the pyramid form, the red and the character. I figured that it didnt matter how pretty the boat is you can still get caught on things that arent concerned with attractive!. very philosophical!
Sun Goddess( Inset sculpture) - 2011
Sun Goddess( Inset sculpture)

Sun Goddess
This is my take on a Sun Goddess.It usually is a Sun God but I thought that one of my red dressed girls would be able to push the yellow sun around the earth( rocks).This would create the range of reflections and colours seen in a sunrise or sunset.
I had lots of the white granite rocks available and the lovely curved bit came from a failed experiment at Boord.It all came together quite nicely although in this yard .. the sun never sets!
Sun Goddess is made from recycled steel and Granite in 2011
support - 2011
support
I had this lovely piece of I beam and I wanted to use it as a support for something in complete contrast. I was going to use a glass bowl but I thought a pretty teacup was better.
Meaning? Well as parents, we all tend to think our kids are fragile and need loads and loads of support but often the push we make is not necessarily in the direction they wish to go and is disproportionate to what is needed. It even suggests we might be the ones who will fall over and the cup might land happily on the grass.
Well that is how it could be read but really I just like the contrast of materials and fragilities
Tandem - 2011
Tandem
Tandem was made to recycle a sculpture that previously existed
the big 4 - 2011 (SOLD)
the big 4
I went to see the Vienna exhibition at the National Gallery and there was a lovely( actually quite battered and ugly), box with the number 4 in the middle. Very neat .I thought and as I had just been playing with my �5� piece it suggested itself as a possible sculpture. I seem to have made it bigger than ever.. It needs 2 wheels as bases and the colour I have painted the 4 reflects that the number in the gallery was on a blue box�mind you it was more a navy blue!. Again what does it mean.?. I do like to have meaning of some sort�well we live in a world dominated by numbers, stock markets, computer codes, budgets yet the form of the numbers we use for our calculations is often overlooked�It�s a bit hard to overlook this piece and possibly you might have your own relationship to 4.. it has lots of resonance with squares�lots of symmetry although this one is anything but��.( it is a square,2 by 2.. and it also means 4 sides of a box!)
the dress - 2011 (SOLD)
the dress
I have made a series of figures in the past using junk metal as a comment on fashion. In this case I have used rocks and in part this is it in response to seeing a character using rocks in Canada. He was a rock balancer but that seems a bit hard for me . I liked the idea of a dress made from rocks and I recently saw the white wedding dress exhibition where there were dresses made from clay as sculptures. One of the aspects of pop art was changing materials and recreating the form of things but with another inappropriate material. For a man with little dress sense perhaps this is quite an appropriate piece!
Umbrella Girl - 2011 (SOLD)
Umbrella Girl
This was the other girl for Frances Keevil Gallery and she isnt quite as grumpy as the photo seems to show.
Unchain my Heart - 2011 (SOLD)
Unchain my Heart
I dont know what it is about hearts and chains..there are lots of images of them. I had made a previous piece with the heart as a lock and a large key attached. This time I have made the heart up out of a series of symbols which can be associated with the heart.. the saw, tap weight, body builder, piping etc. My little character is at the centre of it all waiting patiently.. as you do until your heart( which seems bigger and more controlling) has sorted itself out!
vayas form - 2011 (SOLD)
vayas form
At the new zealand exhibition last year I had a real new zealander to open it. She asked for a form based on some of the Maori shapes be made.
walk of life - 2011 (SOLD)
walk of life
Like the dire straits song .. yet not so.. we are on a journey from some where to somewhere else and we have to negotiate a tricky path and hopefully don't fall into all the rubbish that can easily fill a life . A tightrope walker seemed appropriate and the form is neat and simple.. unlike the rubbish filling it up.
worm - 2011 (Recycled)
worm
This was an idea from a sketch. Again initially just a lovely form..I thought what would be suckers should be plates, but I didn�t want just plain plates so I added the colours ( Primary and white) in a sort of random pattern( also a bit of a homage to my friend Kerrie Warren who uses paint in a �random� way. I thought the plates would easily fit within the thickness of the metal edging but I learned I was wrong.. it was a bit tight, and a couple broke..I didn�t mind the spaces as they added to the general pattern.
Meaning?..I wanted to reflect a bit back to childhood( I do that a lot) when we used to get such pleasure from small garden life, slaters, worms, ants etc. We would often spend a long time looking at the detail and intricacy of these things. Now it pretty much has to be big to attract our attention.
air - 2010 (Recycled)
air
I did 5 pieces for a show in Lockhart entitled� spirit of the land.� sub-themed �Elements� I thought they would also be appropriate for this show in that the concerns of the pieces are universal.
In this piece I have used a flowing forms representing flowing air and included bubble shapes. The polluted air is represented by the darker materials and the fresh air( of which there is less) is represented by white.
I live in the Latrobe valley and there are times when a grey/brown haze drifts up from the valley or down from Melbourne. Where I live ( Jindivick) is not directly in the path but it does tend to make me aware of difference in air quality.
I used to go to college at RMIT and our course was on the 12th floor. In looking t the building across the road a subtle gradation was visible on the concrete. That closer to the street was a lot darker and that closer to the 12th floor was considerably lighter. This was in the day of lead based petrol and some change has occurred since. However, we went to China two years ago and the city we visited was enshrouded in a haze such that you were not aware of the mountains only a short distance away. In New Zealand because there is different geography you could really appreciate the air quality.
Another junk Ball( Large metal sculpture) - 2010
Another junk Ball( Large metal sculpture)
I do these pieces from time to time...they are quite time consuming and a bit boring but the finished result is usually great. This one had some really interesting junk and the person who ordered it also asked for a pole to sit it on at about shoulder height.. It should look fantastic in situ.
anti gun - 2010
anti gun
I grew up in the 60s and as a kid watched lots of cowboy shows where the gun solved everything. Ah the joy of standing up for yourself! Some one pointed out that the only reason for a handgun to exist is to shoot someone else and it all seemed a bit bizarre.
I am glad we live in a country which has good gun laws and guns are not common. I have made the gun out of rubbish( recycled steel) as that is what is often used for making these things and I have used small two female characters to show that it is a giant problem and that women are affected by any gun crime..mothers wives, friends etc. I used red for their dresses to help make them stand out and to suggest blood. It possibly is all a bit obvious but I like obvious
aspirants - 2010 (Recycled)
aspirants
In the rush to succeed we climb blindly following set paths which sometimes are a good guide but sometimes lead to nothing in particular. We often do not help each other and we exist in a world which is divorced from the natural world.
big head - 2010 (SOLD)
big head
The big head( resting) was the major piece for my collection for the art teachers art exhibition. I was very pleased with it.I seem to like big things. I have made a big dog, a big bird, a big junk face and now I am doing another big face although this time made up of panels. I saw a lovely head piece which was a table sculpture and I loved the simplicity of it. I decided to try to do my own version but make it bigger and using a process I felt happy with I made a metal frame and then set about covering it with panels. It took 4 and days and was quite tiring and challenging and I think the end result is just fine. I like the egg like back which suggest origins, rocks, industrial forms etc. And I also like the big face on the "front". I like its balance in mid air well slightly off the floor and its symmetry suggest peacefulness. I am happy with it and I hope it appeals to you too. Oh Colour well silver and brown and a bit of black of course!
Board Form - 2010 (SOLD)
Board Form
Another piece inspired by New Zealand oval/shield forms but also perhaps some echoes of 60s sculptural shapes I have seen somewhere in my life. It developed from a squiggle in my sketch book and I was originally aiming for an abstract face but as I added more and more to it it took up the form of either a fish or a surfboard especially when I added the lines under it.
Boat - 2010 (SOLD)
Boat
This is another of the New Zealand based pieces. I found two handmade oars at the local wood recycler( transfer station) years ago and I brought them home with the idea of doing something with them. One of the New Zealand ideas was this section of a spiral and I added the top and bottom to give it a canoe shape as Maori war canoes were a large part of their existence. It called out for the oars to be added and I reckon it looks great.
Chairy Red - 2010 (SOLD)
Chairy Red

One of my friends ( Danny Burton .. the famous guitarist!) gave me a collection of dead chairs and I thought straight away that they would make great petals for a giant flower. Hence here is “Chairy red” really just for fun but it does create an impression  You have to have sculptural flowers in a sculpture garden!


Chess Piece - 2010
Chess Piece

This was in the “full play “ exhibition at Fish Creek.



 I did a series of pieces on the games I played as a kid and this was called “Games of Life”. 1 “Chess”



I used to play and it was one of the best games. I was so absorbed by the thinking and how many different possibilities for each move. They used to have chess sets in the Cafe at Preston Tech. and it was quite a fine thing to do at lunch or recess. Marian’s family also played chess but they were really good!



I nearly forgot it as a game as I don’t have many friends who play it these days. I loved trying to suggest the whole game in the one piece and I am very happy with my finished result. I know most chess sets don’t have “hearts” but it also suggested card games and it helps give an extra colour in the piece and suggest that although chess is a game of the intellect it is also about emotion too.


Black King” was made in 2010 with recycled steel.
Chess( games of life) - 2010
Chess( games of life)
I used to play chess and it was one of the best games. I was so absorbed by the thinking and how many different possibilities for each move. They used to have chess sets in the Cafe at Preston Tech. and it was quite a fine thing to do at lunch or recess. Marians family also played chess but they were really good!
I nearly forgot it as a game as I dont have many friends who play it these days.
I loved trying to suggest the whole game in the one piece and I am very happy with my finished result. I know most chess sets dont have hearts but it also suggested card games and it helps give an extra colour in the piece. I altered the colour recently as the white was too hard to maintain
door to the future - 2010 (SOLD)
door to the future
door to the future..not a great photo but Barney is in it!Sold to some people in Sth Gipsland
Earth - 2010 (SOLD)
Earth
Earth( element)
I did these pieces for a show at Lockhart ( NSW) which had a theme of elementsThere are traditionally 5 elements in historyEarth, air/wind, fire, water and Ether.
I have chosen to stay with 4 of these and added one more which is "life".
"Earth"( garbage dump)
In this piece I have shown a blackened earth landscape with a sun above. The landscape forms are made from metal "junk" which is meant to symbolize the lack of care many of us have shown for the actual land.
It can be taken as a depopulated landscape with the metal forms being reabsorbed back into nature.
I have been reading "the road" by Cormac McCarthy and his depiction is of a post apocalyptic world with just a few human remnants and this could be part of the inspiration for this piece.
I am always amazed that the most mundane objects, bolts, bits of scrap metal, when arranged in one of my pieces have a beauty beyond themselves. To a degree this was also present after the "black Saturday " bush fires when the traditional green cover was gone but the blackened trunks and grey land had a very different beauty.
Fashio girl 3 - 2010 (SOLD)
Fashio girl 3
Fashion Girl 3is a piece using formal fashion photos. I did 3 pieces as a series as I have enjoyed the process and am very happy with the finished result. I have always done drawings of people and life drawing too.I love the form of women( lumps and hair) more than the male form but as long as the pose is interesting there are possibilities.
I have interpreted this pose to reflect my dislike of the concept of throwaway fashion. Hence ,for the clothing ,I have used metal scrap. This seems to create a sort of dissonance with something beautiful, the pose, being made with rubbish yet the spacing and arrangement creates its own form of beauty. Ugly and beautiful interchange!
I guess my fashion girls clothes will last a bit longer than most fashion so that is part of the point! I have just modified this piece to have a better base than originally so the wheel is new!
fish boat form - 2010 (SOLD)
fish boat form
Another piece inspired by New Zealand oval/shield forms but also perhaps some echoes of 60s sculptural shapes I have seen somewhere in my life. It developed from a squiggle in my sketch book and I was originally aiming for an abstract face but as I added more and more to it it took up the form of either a fish or a surfboard especially when I added the lines under it.
Identity - 2010 (SOLD)
Identity
This piece is really about how we create an identity for ourselves from a variety of bits and pieces and sometimes the identity is only two dimensional and people can see through it. There is a bit of China in this also
Kite girl - 2010 (SOLD)
Kite girl
I did this piece for the gallery in Sydney( Frances Keevil)
m ortgage - 2010 (SOLD)
m ortgage
This piece is called "Mortgage" andis a recycled version of a piece from the Drouin show. Everyone walked by the original version and didn't notice it so I decided the cube had to be higher. The black and yellow suggest the Commonwealth bank and the characters can be seen as being thrown a lifeline or being kept dangling , depending on how you view banks! It went in the Trafalgar Rotary show next month and is now in the sculpture garden
My Space - 2010 (SOLD)
My Space
This piece was for the full play exhibition at Fish Creek. One of the aspects of play that this piece is about is how now we are all connected but disconnected at the same time. Playing a game was not just the game but the personalities involved and interactions. In these days of net games where you can play with someone across the world I feel something is lost.

My characters are connected via junk but are all in their own spaces doing their own things. There are similarities in some but differences between others yet each is in his or her own space which cant be violated!
Playing the blues - 2010 (Recycled)
Playing the blues
I played guitar for a number of years and to be able to play an instrument is one of the joys of life. I dont do it much any more, but I still enjoy music in many of its forms. In thinking of this exhibition playing music seemed to be at least a part of the idea and the idea of doing a big note appealed immediately. There is a record company called Blue note so that suggested itself and if the note was going to be blue then obviously playing the blues was appropriate. The music on the side of the note is from an old blues tunethere is not really enough of it to get a good sound but it gives the idea. My little character is modelled on any guitarist and the stance and long hair sort of is typical of the species!
society - 2010 (SOLD)
society
I saw an art piece with a ball between two sloping forms and in the sketch book I drew a version of this piece.
I see it as a reflection of the country of NZ in that the ball is a patchwork of pieces( maori, pakeha( white folks) Islanders, Indians, refugees).. not all nicely fitted but making a society and the support being the country is not that level and the ball is suggesting that at any moment it might roll away but it isnt because it is welded. to the country. Its an unstable country geography wise yet the ball is adapted to the ups and downs.. so to speak.. of the country( very deep! But again a nice form . Simple but sort of strong too!)
The big C - 2010 (SOLD)
The big C
a variation on the large circles.. I incorporated two redgum pieces as a base and it was at Jinks creek winery for a while .
the red tree - 2010 (SOLD)
the red tree
�The red Tree�
I did this as the first of the new work and it was originally based on a small piece of jewellery I had done at college( many years ago). It was originally done as a cuttlefish casting and I had thought to renew the idea. When I added the red to it and raised it off the base.. (a suggestion from some clients at the NZ exhibition). Anyway it suggested a tree form and I was reminded of that wonderful story and images of "the red tree" by Shaun Tan( such a clever man).
Unraveling - 2010 (SOLD)
Unraveling
This piece developed from some of the earlier NZ shapes I made and I liked the idea of unravelling the spiral. I then filled in the inner triangles so I had a surface to add colour. As I looked at it more it reminded me of when I first arrived in Warragul and joined the West Gippsland Arts and Craft association. They had a logo that was similar in some ways to this so perhaps I am mining my recesses as well as developing from my travelsOh I just looked up Ravel in the dictionaryI had not thought it existed but it does and means to tangle.
Big Blue - 2009 (Recycled)
Big Blue
This piece was my attempt to use a series of bits of blue tube off cuts.I have plans to modify it so it is clearer but it sort of works..It had a slab of marble on the top but it blew over and broke the marble..
Bird girl - 2009 (SOLD)
Bird girl
I also made a wild boy but surely a wild girl is more fun( I am a man!). In my market stall I have always given my dogs male names and my bird sculptures female names. This might come from growing up in a culture that calls women birds, chicks etc It might also be maybe a greatly sublimated passion for daisy duck or tweety bird!
I used to do lots of life drawing and I usually draw people if I have the chance and it is interesting showing an emotion just through body language. I have tried to do this with this piece and it amused me that when I was working on it at home where it stood in relation to another piece and created a fairly distinct interaction
dog boy - 2009 (SOLD)
dog boy
It seems we spend most of our lives surrounded by examples of animal headed �people�. I grew up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy and Donald duck and all their various friends. All of them had attitude too! The idea for the piece came to me almost immediately after we decided on the exhibition title and I didn�t really know where it came from initially.As a student I was introduced to the gods of ancient Egypt and Anubis (Anubis is the Egyptian name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology.). I had also done a fair bit of reading and had been reading about early explorers who described dog headed people and others with their heads in the centre of their bodies. Anyway my dog headed boy comes from making these range of ideas into a more solid form. ( or maybe I am reliving a past life as an egyptian!)
echo - 2009 (SOLD)
echo
The Thorpdale Sculpture Echo was commissioned in 2009 by the Baw Baw Shire from Gippsland artist Laurie Collins.
The basic form is in three main parts. The 6 m tree is a reference to the worlds tallest tree which was discovered near Thorpdale in the 1800s but now no longer exists. The tree form echoes the second part of the form which refers both to the hilly surrounds and the repetitive nature of the rows for potato planting. The central circle form suggests a location in the middle of the landscape and also the completeness and embracing nature of the community.
Within the circular form is a collection of implements and symbols that echo aspects of Thorpdales History.
Central is the large saw blade referring to when the area was covered with tall trees and timber milling was an important part of the community. There is also a cross cut saw, an axe head and wedges used for splitting logs as well as other timber working equipment.
Another part of the collection references transport as being isolated in the hills, transport was of prime importance. There are several pieces of horse equipment and horseshoes but there are also parts of a variety of transport such as a rim from a wagon hub, car parts such as the piston and the jack and hand brake and also motor bike and bike parts. Some pieces of railway equipment such as the rail spikes and a section of rail are included which remind of the railway that connected Thorpdale to other localities for a part of its history. Also included is a variety of farming items from gate hinges, a hand held hoe and a brace for drilling, to old chains suggesting tractors and potato machinery.
There is also a device which was once part of a wall mounted telephone and also some other suggestion of domestic concerns in an old rack which could be from an ice chest or an early refrigerator as well as locks from old doors and this reminds us of the isolation for women and children growing up in the area.
One of the few specific made shapes is that of a football which reminds us that the football team is an important part of any community. There are some forms which have been includes but their uses has been forgotten and to a degree this reflects the continual march of progress. The sculpture is an echo of the past but reflects the changes in the community and also now is part of those changes with the development of the park behind.
float - 2009 (SOLD)
float
I was doing lots of floating pieces for my previous up exhibition but these were all of a smaller scale ( like red carpet). I thought of a red balloon( from the film) and set about making it full size and clearly welded metal. I guess this echoes the seeming impossibility of flying in planes weighing tons ( or sailing in concrete boats!). I love its movement and the coil and bends in the rope just add to its lightness.
leaf litter - 2009 (SOLD)
leaf litter
This piece went to Art Recycle at Moonie Ponds and then it sat at Jacks restaurant for a few years
Lift - 2009 (SOLD)
Lift
I had another piece titled Lift in an earlier exhibition and in the red exhibition I did a free floating balloon using this technique.
I then started to think what else could a balloon be used with and I had this large I beam and I combined the pair. I really like the contrast of forms and the illusion of the strength of the balloon still makes me smile. The colour is great too!
Is there a story there. I think so!
not a blue world - 2009 (Recycled)
not a blue world
Not a blue world
I have done a series of pieces suggesting aspects of our changing world. Some have been to do with global warming and some have been to do with the financial crisis. This piece is a gentle reflection on how do we cope with a world that is nothing like our present one. A long while ago I saw a Gahan Wilson cartoon with a senator and his aide in their office both wearing gasmasks to protect from the pollution and the caption was those blasted environmentalist pests to see you again senator.
I really get the feeling that the main changes are being ignored by shortsighted people ( well Ill be dead when it all happens) and the real call to action is being overlooked. In times of crisis a leader is needed not just a politician.

This was a really strange piece in that everyone who came to the exhibition completely ignored it. At the end of the exhibition I modified it into a new piece called "Mortgage"
Read - 2009 (SOLD)
Read
More language confusion! Is this Read( reed) or Read(red).
Another idea for using a box format but I had already done it with redder. I felt we needed something to do with reading as part of the exploration of the word red and this piece evolved. I like the idea that you could see the box as just shapes but really you do try to read them!

I bought a new plasma cutter to do the letters and made the big box form. It looked very static though and I thought it would be better to be associated with a book. ( where to put it on top or underneath?). On top meant that you couldnt see the form very well and underneath suggests the form growing from the book.
Still the piece looked static and it was only by playing with the shape ( could I put this on a bike axle too?) that I arrived at what I think is a practical and effective composition.
Happy reading.
reading girl - 2009 (SOLD)
reading girl
I had the idea for this show of a girl reading to a dog as part of the untold stories theme. It matched the stories part and the combination of the two struck me as a story waiting to be told.
The red dress was initially from the fact I used an old fire extinguisher as her torso and the red seemed appropriate( as I have any number of sketches with girls in red dresses.( I must admit I used the red paint for the red exhibition and I was delighted with the intensity of the colour).
Redder - 2009 (SOLD)
Redder
I love our language and aspects that are unexpected such as Redder being made up of Red and red backward.
I had the idea for doing a cube with the word red and I was looking at creating it from junk. However I had this mesh left over from a project and I wondered how clear the letters would be in this from. Well they arent!
I guess this is part of its fun as you initially just spin it and think oh isnt it a nice red cube. It is only when you really look that the letters become apparent.
As to the spinning part, I had an old bike axle and because the cube is so light it is quite lovely the way it moves.
River - 2009 (SOLD)
River
River is a comment on the brown nature of many rivers in the world and the pollution that is part of their being. The surface hides lots of junk and many rivers are relatively devoid of life. I was impressed with the Yangtse River on our visit to China and the comment that it was so polluted that it was too dangerous for divers in costume to enter it. I feel there are aspects of some of our rivers which have similar problems but I hope we are working to improve them. Certainly when I think of many watercourses near where I grew up there is a visible improvement.
seed - 2009 (SOLD)
seed
This went in the moreland sculpture show called grow.
This piece is appropriate to Grow as it is the beginning of all growth. The seed is usually encompassed by a husk or shell which goes into feeding the growing seed. This shell is made up of nutrients and materials which are basically junk. Our society grows from the detritus of past civilizations and ideas which once were new are now used as food for our growth. I have used junk in the form of the seed case and a growing form for the new seed growth to represent this.
snarl - 2009 (SOLD)
snarl
A friend asked me to make a big dog looking angry. I put it off for a fair while as I knew how much work it would be but when we chose the title of this exhibition I knew it would be an exciting piece to be a part of the show. It certainly was a lot of work and to a degree it is a step along from the other animal heads I have done in the past. When we were in China there were lots of lion statues that had been modeled from their native dogs . This one is sort of like them except he does not have a paw raised but he does have a similar sense of solidity and presence.
Table setting - 2009
Table setting
Table Setting was made originally for the Fringe Furniture Show. The theme this year was silver and I put in two pieces. This was the first, where I usedsilver ware to make a table using the forms as decorative elements. It really has only had the one outing so I thought it would more or less fit the theme of this exhibition.It certainly provokes a story
The greatest Mystery - 2009 (SOLD)
The greatest Mystery
This piece was initially done as my entry into the He who explores exhibition. I thought about what I had explored in my life and I concluded that my greatest exploration was about my relationship with women. I was an only child and went to an all boys school and I did not know many girls growing up. Hence I had to go through trying to decipher lots of the junky messages that were around during those times about the role of women.
As a result I created this piece with lots of little characters fighting their way through the junk to finally reach their goal of arriving at an appreciation of women. I still cant say I have it completely right, but does anyone?
The piece was not accepted for the exhibition (hence my grumpy looking photo) but I felt it was appropriate to the theme for this exhibition.
(Some of the little characters were recycled from some pieces I made for an exhibition titled greetings)
Tinis piece - 2009 (SOLD)
Tinis piece
This was an order to fit a certain space..
Wheeler dealer - 2009 (Recycled)
Wheeler dealer
I originally made a bridge form( the base of this piece) that sat on a mirror and created a hexagon in reflection. It was on show at a winery but the mirror got broken. It looked a bit pathetic so I re-thought about it created a top part with lots of wheel forms( some of which move) and added the bow tie. Its a lot bigger and more robust now and its new title suits it well.
I also broke up this piece and created Tandem and Hexagon from the pieces
arch - 2008 (SOLD)
arch
I did civil engineering for a while ( study not practice) and I did architecture for a while ( study not practice) and I was always fascinated by the structure of things. The arch in history is a real engineering breakthrough and the idea of a keystone ( top stone which locks / wedges it together) to me seems amazing. I use wedges a lot in my wood constructions and this piece is the first piece where I have combined Red-gum with recycled steel. I love the contrast of materials and the fact that it is an arch shape but not really a �constructed � arch appeals to a sense of unreality which is present in many of my works�.
bear headed - 2008 (SOLD)
bear headed
I did this for the morwell exhibition and it is a piece similar to the wild dog.. xcept being in china we went to the zoo and saw a bear there
Big cross - 2008 (SOLD)
Big cross
I have chosen to use teacher marks as the basis for two of my pieces and in a different context and scale they are quite impressive. They are made of junk and to a degree that is just what such marks are but the size gives them importance which is what our perception does.
Big tick - 2008 (SOLD)
Big tick
I have chosen to use teacher marks as the basis for two of my pieces and in a different context and scale they are quite impressive. They are made of junk and to a degree that is just what such marks are but the size gives them importance which is what our perception does.
Bridge - 2008 (SOLD)
Bridge
we saw this wonderful bridge across the Yangtse in Jui Jiang and I placed this piece on a mirror so it had reflection and went over the "water" Gary Miles boght it and it now resides at his place.. the mirro brok so it now is over a dry river!
bridge 2 - 2008 (Recycled)
bridge 2
I liked the bridge form I had done previously and tried again with this shape.. it didnt sell and it has been recycled a couple of times since then
China - 2008 (SOLD)
China
We were amazed by the friendliness of the people and their numbers. In the morning, when we walked around the lake there were people doing Tai Chi, Ballroom dancing and all sorts of other activities. The streets were thronged with motor scooters and bikes( not a helmet in sight) street sweepers, beggars and people doing business on mobile phones . . To show the multitude of the people this is my way. ( I had seen a similar idea years ago using trees as the multitude) but some how this seemed the way to do it.
I ended up breaking this piece up and some of the parts we took back to China when we went again with the school trip and I gave bits to the education minister, the artist dad who gave us the wonderful calligraphy and one of the school principals
China surprise - 2008
China surprise
In this piece I am referring to an incident that happened when we were staying at a hotel. Everything was going very well until some of the party wished to go downstairs late at night to do some Karaoke. However downstairs was a whole different world where you could get karaoke but also you could buy the use of girls, boys, little girls or lots of things that could be used in your veins or nose .The party quickly turned around and went back upstairs.
Hence this piece sort of sums up the experience
chinese reflection - 2008 (SOLD)
chinese reflection
When we visited China recently one of our party bought a hat with this symbol in the middle.( He looked like Joe Stalin himself!) I wanted to use this as a comment on chinese communism in that it was all showy and shiny on the front but behind it was made of junk and rather rusty. ( I didnt tell Hu Jin Tao that but this was a clear impression) . Hence my star is big, impressive and a great red but is propped up by a very simple and basic structure.
circle - 2008 (SOLD)
circle
This piece was at Art Melbourne and sold...It was in the series of large circle forms I did. one with a square hole, one with a circle hole( this one) and one with a triangular hole
Climb - 2008 (SOLD)
Climb
This piece was made for a show called the journey. The journey in this piece is up. I guess we all regard up as being positive and we work through life to achieve a higher state. In this piece several characters are tackling the climb. Its a challenge! One has made it through the junk and into the light. There is pride expressed in the stance..and the pose is balanced and not striving anymore.
One is climbing, and the chain that gives him a leg up has symbolic possibilities as well, suggesting there are some paths that are easier than others, there is a community that helps provide direction( someone attached the chain) and that we all can help each other on the way
My sun can be interpreted as a symbol of enlightenment, a religious symbol which must be worked through or an outmoded remnant of a past civilization.
The bird suggests another way altogether of reaching what ever you desire by a very different path and it is a reminder that the natural world does not necessarily follow our paths or requirements
eccentric - 2008 (SOLD)
eccentric
the last of the big round pieces with an eccentric hole
Economy - 2008 (SOLD)
Economy
another piece based on a chinese coin symbolic of their economy where lots of junk produces unity
flower( homage to sue) - 2008 (SOLD)
flower( homage to sue)
I did this piece for the art teachers art show.. it is made up of lots of punchings like dots and I thought that was appropriate as an hoage to sue Osborn who uses small dots of paint delivered with the airbrush for some of her work
multitude - 2008 (Recycled)
multitude
this was a piece in response to China.. I did 7 characters similar to scenes we saw in China) and put them in a mirror box which had the effect of multiplying them immensely. It didnt sell and I broke up athe characters and when we went back to JuiJiang I gave several to different people there
roundabout - 2008 (Withdrawn from Sale)
roundabout
I did this one as a homage to Shelley Watson Davie... the mirror makes it all look round,and the skeleton horse reflects her interest in aspects of death
up, down or wherever - 2008 (Recycled)
up, down or wherever
This is a brand new piece for this exhibition. I figured an up arrow would be good and I played with the idea of how it could sit. In the end the frame around it means it can be a down arrow or a sideways arrow so maybe that might be a future exhibition. Throughout the year I have done a series of simple but large geometric forms and although this piece really has little meaning apart from up, I feel it is positive and the scale makes it enjoyable and I feel interesting in itself.
wedge - 2008 (SOLD)
wedge
I was doing lots of 3 D pieces using junk and this was a smallish piece
Where do we go from here - 2008 (SOLD)
Where do we go from here
This piece was for an exhibition of Art Teachers Art in 2007 It was part of a duo of a tick and a cross. As both were made out of junk I thought they really showed what in many cases is the reality of a tick and cross.( Just one persons opinion- especially in art!)
For another exhibition I lifted it up and thought that the struggles of my little character was typical of many of us when we start on a difficult task without thinking of the overall picture. This little guy is not going to achieve their ends of trying to tip it over due to the nature of the structure.
Where do we go from here is made from recycled steel and Redgum. It was re-made in September 2008 from its original form
Economy ( large Sculpture) - 2007 (SOLD)
Economy ( large Sculpture)
Economy is based on a Chinese Coin. It reflects our trip to China where we saw the chaos of their society yet reflects the strength and unity of the country.

This item has been sold.
fairy - 2007 (SOLD)
fairy
just a fun girl
piston broke - 2007 (SOLD)
piston broke
bought by Haggis... just a fun piece
Up - 2007 (SOLD)
Up
I did this piece for one of my exhibitions in 2008. I figured an up arrow would be good and I played with the idea of how it could sit. Throughout that year I had done a series of simple but large geometric forms and although this piece really has little meaning apart from up, I feel it is positive and the scale makes it enjoyable and I feel interesting in itself.
abstract face - 2006 (SOLD)
abstract face
this was my first Melbourne Exhibition and I shared it with Sue Osborn. It was at Charles Smith Gallery in Smith st and I did this abstract face
appealing man - 2006 (SOLD)
appealing man
this was my first Melbourne Exhibition and I shared it with Sue Osborn. It was at Charles Smith Gallery in Smith st and I did this great man for it.
big girl - 2006 (SOLD)
big girl
this was my first Melbourne Exhibition and I shared it with Sue Osborn. It was at Charles Smith Gallery in Smith st and I did this great girl for it
wild dog - 2006 (SOLD)
wild dog
we had a preview show in the west gipps art centre and this piece was one