I was commissioned to do a non traditional portrait of Anna Goldsworthy, a concert pianist and author, her hands are, of course the tools of her trade.
Tom was my teacher and mentor and in 2008 he sat so that a number of his students could do his portrait.
H 400 W250 D250mm
Sir Don Bradman
The Hume Council, Victoria. Commissioned a bronze portrait of Sir Don in 2011, as part of the Sunbury Public Art project.
Sir Donald Bradman
Not long after the passing of Margaret Olley, I was asked to do a demonstration at an art fair. I felt it would be good if the subject was a well known face from the Arts community and Margaret Olley seemed to be the right subject. I enjoyed doing her portrait so much that I continued it after the fair and was shortly contacted by 'House and Garden’ Magazine who were very keen photograph and included the bust in the January 2012 tribute.
Varius –The Lost Lace Monitor
Finalist 2015 North Sydney Art Prize
This sculpture is a reminder of the beautiful creatures that once roamed the Coal Loaders reserve. They were of great importance to the local indigenous peoples both in folklore, as food and medicine. The arrival of Europeans has had a huge environmental impact on all the local flora and fauna, which still continues to this day.
Bird wire, paint, polyester string
H 380 x W 400 x D1600mm
Commissioned by Christian Brothers, Lewisham 2009
In researching this project I was struck by not only how little information there is about Edmund Rice, the man, but how inconsistent that information is. So I was delighted to read the paper by Denis Mc Laughlin, ‘Mr Rice before Brother Ignatius”.
This paper opened a door on Irish history and gave me a view of a most compassionate and practical humanitarian. A Christian man, living by the principles he found in the Bible - to the best of his ability, with no regard to the social mores of the time. His qualities as a father, he extended to the wider Catholic community in such ways that literally transformed lives.
For a number of years we kept chooks and I loved having them around, they often made me laugh. I created these sculptures as a reminder of them.
Resin and rust paint
600 x 480 x 220 mm
210 x 602x 200mm
This portrait came out of a workshop I taught in 2012. Benedicta is a beautiful, flamboyant, vivacious woman with a fascinating life story.
Australian Cricket Captains Walk, commissioned by Cootamundra Council
This is one of three busts that I was commissioned to produce, Percy McDonnell was captain of the Australian Cricket Team for the tour of England in 1888.
Finalist 2015 Harbour Sculpture
Dogs are a recurring theme in my sculpture and have been prominent in my life.
Mans best friend comes in a dazzling variety, bringing joy and love to their adopted families. ‘Elvis’ celebrates those dogs who learn to do all manner of fun things.
Bird wire, polyester string and recycled skateboard.
H 450mm W 708mm D 22mm
200 x 230 x 750 mm
'Itchy' n' 'Scratchy'
Finalist 2014 Harbour Sculpture
Dogs are a big part of my life and I love their idiosyncrasies. This has been a very long sticky, itchy and scratchy kind of summer for my four legged friends.
Dr Brian Boyle was the director of the Anglo-Australian observatory from 1996- 2003, director of the CSIRO Australia National Telescope facility and then the CSIRO Square Kilometre Array, the worlds largest cm-wavelength radio telescope. Dr Boyle kindly agreed to sit for my entry into 2012 PAA exhibition. He was a most entertaining sitter and endeavoured to increase my knowledge of astrophysics.
Finalist 2013 Harbour Sculpture
These days if your owner takes you out to a lovely park, there’s always a café where they get coffee and toast, which means waiting….waiting…., ever hopeful, mmmm! Crusts, bacon! Just have to look cute enough.
Galvanised bird net, enamel paint
H 550mm W 330mm D 550mm
A study of the farmers best friend.
110 x 60 x 70mm
In 2004 Cootamundra Council commissioned a bust of Ricky Ponting to go into their Australian Cricket Captains walk, which was officially opened in August 2006.
Australia had lost the Ashes to England and in every interview and game Ponting was very focused and serious about regaining the Ashes. This portrait of him reflects that time in his career.