New works….Great for Mother’s Day Gifts


These works are examples of what can be purchased at the Makers Workshop in Burnie in the next two days. Then some will come back to the studio. A few will replenish stock at On TRAK at the Visitors Centre in Sheffield on Thursday…. and of course you can contact me to order…all easy to post. Each is an original unique artwork, not reproductions/printsDSCF4214

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HANDMADE... not just purchased bits glue together

HANDMADE… not just purchased bits glue together

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North West Art Circle Exhibition


I added a figure to my Meander Falls Watercolour to emphasis the power of the water both in its tumble over the vertical rock face and the swirling around in the steam bed below. In our lives we like to feel in control and many feel powerful in some manner. But compared with nature our power is somewhat insignificant. In the Zen art which influences my work, the human figure is generally relatively insignificant.  The updated version of Meander Falls is on display at the NWAC exhibition at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery. My second piece is my glass sculpture which was shown in Hobart at the Material Girl Exhibition and is now on display in Devonport. Unfortunately I could not make it to the opening but will certainly call in to see the works and intend to paint at the Artists in Action on Sunday July 1st.

Digital files of artwork


I re-photographed my glass sculpture (shown in my  previous post) using my DSLR rather than mobile phone  and taking the photo outdoors rather than inside. The image is much different…… almost a different artwork. With many selective art competitions entered  by digital file these days one wonders how legitimate the selection is. My two photos have not been adjusted but even so they are very different. With a bit of permitted tweeking the variations are almost limitless. I know this topic has been brought up before ….. it really is tricky. There are so many pluses to entry by selection from digital images of works as far as ease of entry, transport etc but I do wonder about the credibility of assuring the “best” works are chosen. It seems it is not just about the artwork now it is also about the photograph of the item. One must question how true many are to the reality.

Kiln Formed Glass Sculpture


This free standing sculptural piece incorporates a sumi E style image on kiln formed glass. The brush strokes were painted with water based paints suitable for firing to 850 degrees Celsius. Using a soft chinese goat hair brush, in this style of painting economy of stroke is important. The figures are formed using only sufficient marks to express the posture and relationship between the mother and child.

All materials are found/recycled (except the paint) using tin float, broken glass and a base of driftwood. (height approx 30 cm)

Glass pendants and brooches


I started working with kiln formed glass being attracted to the sparkle of dichroic (a little bling). But very quickly the painter in me pushed that aside (although I still do some) and I met the challenge of painting watercolour style miniatures on tin float glass which is then kiln fired. MUCH more unique and each is an original, one off, work of art. The medium captures the feel of our special island and I call them Tasmanian Moods on Glass. Available direct from the artist and at Dean Walker Design in Burnie. Tas.

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Glass workshop Wednesday feb15th 1 till 3 at Forth Art Studio. ph 0364282675 (2 vacancies)