My work is essentially about being innovative in design, functional in use and site specific.
When it comes to community art work I like to find the uniqueness of a place, whether it be historically, culturally or environmental and incorporate it into the street furniture or art work. Consultation and involvement with the client or community is an important part of the process. This gives the work a a special relationship with its surroundings as well as with the community. I design and make one off pieces of furniture for private customers incorporating all their own requirements in an aesthetically pleasing and contemporary way. I also continue my own practice of "art in nature" sculpture and photography and take part in public as well as private projects and exhibitions.
I was born in Gloucestershire UK and left school to be an articled pupil for four years to John Laings, (a large London Building Firm) .
After gaining the licentiate level in the Institute of Builders, UK. I became a self employed builder and renovated Coltswold stone buildings. I travelled extensively in South America and Africa, building props for a BBC drama/documentary in Cusco, Peru.
In 1981 I emigrated to Australia and built my own three story house, over looking the rainforest, from stone and bush poles, in Maleny, Queensland and became a partner in a ceramic business.
From 1992-1996 I attend the University of Tasmania and Graduated with a honors degree in Furniture design. Returning to Queensland I worked on Community art projects and have completed over 40 commissions as well as successfully exhibiting my art work and winning awards. In 2002 the Nambour’s Adventure Playground that I designed, received the ‘Overall Golden Award’ for design and planning by the Maroochydore Shire Council.
I co-formed ‘The Catchment Collective’ a group of 6 artists, that created ephemeral green art work, in 2009. We produced a film of one of our projects that was shown around the world. We were commissioned for a number of major art events, gave school workshops and had exhibitions in local galleries.
I now live in Hobart and on the Sunshine Coast and can be contacted on my email address;- firstname.lastname@example.org