This Exhibition was actually called "Gippsland". Kerry Warren put together the group of artists to participate and this included Kerry, Gary Miles, Eileen Harrison, Leonie Ryan,Jenny Murray-Jones and me. The aim was to create a body of work which would be shown in various venues throughout Gippsland( and it was including Meeniyan, Burrinja, , Queens Hall Melbourne and Sale when we returned) and the go to our sister city in China( JiuJiang) and exhibit the show there to create links between the two cities.
It really was the first time I developed sculptural ideas on a theme and it was a giant leap for me. Thank you Kerry. 

China Exhibition 2007

Shopper - 2011 (SOLD)
Shopper
We have our share of beautiful svelte bodies and any visitor to the beaches of Gippsland would testify to this. Again, an unrepresented aspect of the female form is middle age and also when you mention Gippsland to most people they comment on rain and cold. Hence, my shopper is bulky ( although under that wrapping there may be beauty) and very involved in the passion of shopping which is afflicting many citizens. She is just starting out because all her bags are empty and I could not resist the reference to our wild dogs name by including the type of dog favoured by these focussed amazons
Footballer - 2007 (SOLD)
Footballer
Aussie Rules is the most common football code played throughout the Gippsland region. We have produced some great players in this code and even though almost all types of sport are played in different areas of Gippsland, I felt some form of representation of the agility, grace and physical nature of the game should be part of the exhibition. Sport is not a common theme with artists and I felt that this was an appropriate exhibition to try to show the beauty that is present in the physical nature of the game. Metal also allows balance and movement and I could not resist the challenge
LOCAL - 2007 (SOLD)
LOCAL
This is the large rugged face set on a block of red-gum. We have a variety of characters around the place who are almost identical to this rugged piece. The small pieces of metal that make up the face suggest that although the “image “ is rough and unified , there are many different facets to each character and when you read the life stories of some of our locals this is quite appropriate. The block of red-gum relates to a grounding in nature and although red-gum isn’t a common timber in this specific area it is a species found right throughout all of Gippsland.
Mower man - 2007 (SOLD)
Mower man
The climate of this part of Australia means that the average house yard requires mowing nearly every week at some times of the year. Mower man is an almost vanishing breed, in that many of the new estates in our local area need a ride on mower to keep the grass down. Also, he is smoking, a much less socially accepted past-time and his daggy hat, shorts and thongs mean he is not taking the safety precautions that many modern citizens use. The dog ( not quite so wild dog), following in his wake, barking and being ignored due to the sound of the mower is also a common feature of the recent past.

wild dog head - 2007 (Withdrawn from Sale)
wild dog head
One of our bonding aspects was that as artists we were all based around Warragul, a large regional centre in West Gippsland. Although there is a degree of disputation about what Warragul means, our initial idea was that �Wild dogs� would somehow represent the commonly accepted understanding of the word. I felt that we should have some sort of wild dog among our pieces as a means of identification. I also make a variety of junk sculpture dogs and this head was a step up from them and also a fine chance to combine some clearly junk pieces in a single image. It also has elements of humour in it in that the teeth are a recycled rabbit trap and this seemed to be appropriate