Shedding insight into the meaning of 'Moon Whispers'
I received the awesome news that my artwork 'Moon Whispers' was selected amongst 34 Finalists in the Rochampton Art Gallery Bayton Award! The winner of the Bayton Award was announced early in the month, and was awarded to Tobias De Maine for his beautiful sentimental ceramic piece.
I felt this year my work was the strongest piece I've entered yet, in particular with the treatment of my collagraph process and the use of new mediums .The artwork explored themes of yearning, love and death, and became a response to the time I was 10 and I saw my mother after she died, looking through a window at me.
When I was a kid I cried a lot before I went to sleep, looking to the stars and praying , and hoping I could see her again. And as though my prays had been answered I saw her vividly looking through a window at me. , I stared back and saw sadness in her eyes, and a unknown presence of someone next to her giving her that brief moment with me.
But my reaction was in fear and I ran away towards the comfort of my foster family. However the experience gave me the reassurance that my Mum is looking over me, and a added strength and drive to make her proud.
I wanted to capture the feeling of that moment in a night-time scene , surrounded by Moon flowers , a nightingale and wille-wag tail. The animals and flowers often come to me intuitively, and directly after the portrait, as though the portrait asks them from me. Each acts as a personalised symbology of my childhood, casting deeper meanings into my experiences of yearning, love, and death.
The nightingale is seen as a symbol of beauty, immortality, and freedom from the world's troubles. Where as the willie wag tail is whispering in the figures ear, a reminder to stay cheerful. It is a healthy practice to make ourselves feel light and happy even when things are tough.
Moon Whispers can also be seen at the 2017 Central Highlands Art Awards in Emerald, winners announced July 15th 2017.
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Earlier in the year i received a email from Jenny Parker a designer from the New York based company Rockflowerpaper. She believed that my artwork would be suitable for their 2017 'Fall' line of Art trays and coasters.
"We have over 4,500 specialty store accounts across our country – all are in the nicest areas of the US, and they are generally the nicest store in the area. We sell trays to the NY Botanical Garden, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and many, many others. Each tray has a hangtag on it with the artists’ bio, and we also feature a brief bio of our new artists in our catalog"
At this stage there was no promises if my artwork was going to selected. So the process began and my artworks were enlarged amongst the other potential candidates and presented to the board of marketing and sales in New York, which in itself felt like a real achievement for me.
A anxious week later I received the thrilling news that my artwork 'Dragonfly Garden ' was selected! The only downside being , the interest in my artwork "Burning Dragon Blood' that I created in the early stages of my career, but didn't take high resolution files of the image . It was a important lesson I learnt there! So I began creating new designs for hopeful selection for future releases.
The following week contracts were signed and my designs went into production ready for their release in July 2017. They are now currently being promoted in decor and gift shows across the United States.
If you live in the United States and see them, I would love to hear your feedback or even some pictures! You may also like to HASHTAG #dragonflygarden so it can be found on instagram. I'm very excited to see this happen, its like a dream come true!
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After the huge success of my previous nature cushion covers I'm excited to announce my new cushion cover design. These are just around the corner and will be available in 8 weeks.
My designs have been printed on to Polyester Peach Skin - Double Sided Design, and invisible Zipper. Sizes of the cushions will be available as 45cm x 45cm and 60cm x 60cm ( European Size).
Successfully walking out the retail door at
$45 without insert 45cm x 45cm
$60 without insert 60cm x 60cm
To celerbrate I'm offering pre-orders with early bird discounts for retail customers and wholesalers.
45cm x 45cm - $30.00
60cm x 60cm- $45.00
45cm x 45cm- $25.00
60cm x 60cm- $35.00
45cm x45cm -$18.50
60cm x 60cm -$26.50
Inserts are available on request, postage costs may incurr for international orders.
I was recently honoured when Happy Magazine interviewed me for its upcoming publication. Some of the questions focussed on my experiences of being an orphan. I had spent long time bottlling up my emotions and not sharing anything about my life. But I hope by opening up and allowing people to hear my story, it might give insight into my art, and give hope to others who are facing their own forms of adversity in life. Check out the interview here !
In February of this year Cyclone Marcia devastated the region I call home. It affected alot of people, including myself. After the cyclone I became displaced and was offered to live on a property outside of Yeppoon. The place didn't have power, but I was apperciative for the shelter.
I embraced the extended camp like lifestyle for over 7 months. Making fires for light, cooking on gas burners, keeping food in eskies, all became habits of daily life, and even changed the way I made my art.
It became fitting when Lincoln Bertoli a local author stumbled across my work online and wanted to collaborate in the making of a childrens book about Cyclone Marcia. We recieved the backing of council and the project began. Lincoln wrote the story over a few weeks and then I had the task of putting imagery to his beautiful storyline. 16 etchings over 7 weeks, all of which came out very naturally.
The launch of our book will be released on the first year anninversay of Marcia, and will tour to the local schools, and a special release of limited edition signed copies will be available online.