STATEMENT ABOUT MY WORK:
My studio is a boathouse just north of Sydney, Australia. It's a fabulous place and I still get a thrill every morning when I see the water, boats and birds.
The new abstract artworks consist of marble slabs which are painted and engraved. I've been experimenting, with a lot of failures, for six months and have ended up with a new direction and body of abstract work.
I'm not sure of what to call the marble slabs as they're a combination of painting and sculpture. The marble invites touch and there is texture within the surface, the surface and edges are painted and sometimes engraved.
Abstract: I set up a few marble slabs and look at them over a couple of days in different light. Certain aspects of the marble's colouring and faults contribute to ideas for abstract imagery which I further develop with colour, line and form.
I've got a stack of slabs waiting to be played with, thanks to Murry, who gives me good deals on my marble. He even cuts and breaks it to size for me. I take them back to the studio, hone the surface to a satin finish, smooth the sharp edges and drill the holes. Then - onto the fun part.
2010 Bronze Workshop and Traineeship, Sydney
2009 Graduate Certificate in Public Art, RMIT, Melbourne
2008 Studies in Landscape Design, Ryde Tafe, Sydney
1997 Diploma in Graphic Design, Enmore Design Centre, Sydney
1984 Post Graduate Diploma (Sculpture/Ceramics), Newcastle Uni, Australia
1983 Jewellery Making (Silver), Dry Point Engraving, Printmaking Techniques
1975 - 79 BA (Visual Arts), Newcastle University
2013 Gallery Artists Collection - Hand of Law Gallery, Sydney
2012 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize - Finalist - Campelltown Regional Gallery
The Great Unknown - Artsite Gallery, Newtown, Sydney
2011 Lust - Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
2009 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi,, Australia
2007 Solo Show - Voto Paintings, Regard Gallery, Sydney
2006 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, , Australia
2002 Spring Courtyard Show, The Quaff Shop, Mudgee, Australia
Solo Show - The Quaff Shop, Gallery, Mudgee, Australia
2001 Solo Show, Paintings, Mudgee Artspace Arts Fair, Australia
Easter Art Show, Craigmoore Vineyard, Mudgee, Australia
Thrown and Twisted, Mudgee Artspace, Australia
Gallery 49, Rylstone, Australia
2000 Easter Art Show, Craigmoore Vineyard, Mudgee, Australia
1997 Design Annual Show, Enmore Design Centre, Sydney
1996 - 95 Alpha House Group Show, Newtown, Sydney
1995 - 93 Solo Show, Sculpture, The Last Cafe, Mudgee, Australia
Augustines Vineyard Gallery, Mudgee, Australia
Ahah Dodo Gallery, Sydney
1993 - 91 Augustine’s Vineyard Gallery, Mudgee, Australia
Ahah Dodo Gallery, Sydney
Punch Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
1990 - 84 Seaview Gallery, Lake Macquarie, Australia
Junction Gallery, Newcastle, Australia
Potters for Peace Annual Exhibition, Sydney
Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Lake Macquarie, Australia
Post Graduate Exhibition, Newcastle University, Australia
Newcastle Sculpture Society Exhibition, Australia