Figures in the landscape Skaftafell National Park Iceland
Boundaries ( Detail)
33 Degrees South 151 degrees East
Rhythm Sticks 8
Rhythm Sticks 7
Rhythm Sticks 6
Rhythm Sticks - series
Rhythm Sticks Series 2009 - 1 to 4
Beside the Seaside This is a site specific piece created for an exhibition at Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach.
Tourists in the Mist 1 - Milford Sound
Dunvegen - Nocturne
Lake Morris 2 - Nocturne - Queensland
Lake Morris 3 - Queensland
Lake Morris 4 - Queensland
Lake Morris 5 - Queensland
Nelson Beach - Jervis Bay
What's a Nice Bouy like You Doing in a Place Like This?
Reflections - Cooks River Valley
It's a Bird! - Cooks River Valley
These panels are made in a similar manner to my 'stick' assemblages but using matchsticks instead or twigs or wattle. I call them 'Once Upon a Matchstick'. The first Picture is shown full size. The group of four are details from other assemblages of the series.
I call this work - 33 degrees South, 151 degrees East. The name refers to the approximate geographical location of the area on the Cooks River from where the 'sticks' used in this assemblage came from.The 'sticks' for this type of work invariably come from places that are of special significance to me. Cooks River is close to where I live and I walk regularly along its banks.
The work is made up of four wooden panels of approximately 30cm x 15cm. The 'sticks' are eucalyptus twigs and wattle that were collected on my river walks
I had my first solo show.
I began a series of paintings based on my stick assemblages.
I called them ‘Rhythm Sticks’, because to me, they resembled a soundwave.
I began a series of landscape paintings.
I called them 'As Far as the Eye Can See'.
I began to experiment with small landscape canvases which I placed side by side.
Sometimes I would use a single layer of paint, sometimes two.
I visited the Blue Mountains in 2003. I walked everyday and gathered leaves and sticks.
I had no idea what I would do with these but at the end of each day I bagged my collections and labelled them.
Back in my studio I created assemblages out of what I had collected.
In 1999 I went on a seven month road trip around Australia.
I was inspired by the vivid colours of the desert landscapes, the seascapes and the wet tropics of the North.
I chose to express my experience by weaving canvas paper as I felt a deep connection with the land I had travelled through.
My highly individual art reflects my observation of and intense reaction to the rich diversity within landscapes. I aim to display a response to the natural world that is both intriguing and intrigued.
To date, 2014 has been a year of experimentation, consolidation and collaboration. My recent work is a collaborative piece with fellow artist Peter Williamson. We have been working with locally sourced clay and mud to produce ‘paintings’, on canvas.
In September 2010 I had a successful exhibition at London’s prestigious Menier Gallery. The exhibition was supported by a grant from Arts NSW, and was opened by the High Commissioner for Australia. In 2013 I had another show at the Menier Gallery with seven other artists from the Lennox Street Studios.
I have participated in several Artist in Residence programs including Jenolan Caves NSW in 2009,Cudgegong Regional Gallery in the Central West NSW township of Gulgong in 2010. In September 2011, I returned to Gulgong to exhibit work produced during my residency.
In July and August of 2012 I was artist in residence at Gullkistan in the village of Laugarvatn in Iceland. I returned to Gullkistan in August of 2013.
In 2008 I was awarded the People’s Choice prize at the “LikeArt” exhibition and, in 2007; I received the Directors Choice Award at the inaugural Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize.
I began my art studies under the tutelage of well known contemporary Sydney artists in the early 1990's. In 1995 I undertook more formal studies in a fine arts course at St. George College.
After completing the course I travelled extensively throughout Australia drawing inspiration from its unique landscapes.
On my return, I moved into studios at Blackwattle Bay, Glebe, where I began work on a series of paintings based on my travels. After the demise of the Blackwattle complex, I established myself at Lennox Street Studios in the inner city suburb of Newtown.