creates innovative ceramics that combine medium to large sculptural human
and zoomorphic forms with painterly surfaces. Ideal for those wanting
unique pieces of art to enhance their gardens or interiors.
Riverland Matters - November 2010
My journey for this exhibition began with the Chaffey family and their significance in the development of Mildura. Kate had done extensive research into the Chaffey family’s pioneering in this district and I was fortunate that she shared this research with me. It proved to be an inspirational starting point for my work as well as for developing the theme of this exhibition. I began my work with sculptural pieces representing the early Chaffey settlers. However the Murray River itself began featuring more and more strongly in my works. I decided to pursue this change in direction (go with the flow?) and be influenced by the River itself and its integral relationship with the Riverland and the people who have lived here. As the creative process progressed, the overwhelming influence of the river itself more and more captured my imagination. I came to see the river as far more important and everlasting than the people who rely upon it. This process led me to make the ceramic pieces larger thus providing a broader canvas in which I could express the significance of the river for the people – not only for the first inhabitants, the early pioneers or for the people who live along it now - but for future generations as well.
Exhibitions and Prizes
Works held in private collections in Brisbane, Mildura, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, London and Cheshire in the UK
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