What inspires your art practice?
Mainly, going about my daily walks amongst nature and the sea, which is within easy access to where I live, can evoke ideas
for a creation. Slowly worked upon until I am satisfied that it is quirky and whimsical enough to give others pleasure, which in turn gives me great satisfaction.
What materials do you work in?
I work in varying materials depending on the design. This may be Corten steel, aluminium or mild steel powder coated. Also, paintings painted onto perspex.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Walking the beach and looking upwards to rows of houses on the hillside, I thought of the first verse of Malvina Reynolds 1960’s song “Little Boxes.” This prompted my inspiration for Safe as Houses when back then, life was seemingly simpler than today and lives were not too dissimilar from one another’s. This creation appears somewhat like a doll’s house.
I have introduced familiar aspects of daily life of days gone by, which we can all relate to. The white paintwork gives a heightened perception of space and the picket fence represents security, purity and happiness.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Waiheke Island during Sculptoneroa and private homes in Auckland.