Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I have a varied background from traditional Blacksmith, plastic vac former, landscape gardener & builder. I started working with steel as a Blacksmith at the age of 20 and have recently started sculpting in steel as a more serious hobby. I am also passionate about electronic music production, DJing, drawing in fine pen and painting in watercolour & acrylics.
Working in the studio
Where do you get your inspiration from when you create your art?
Inspiration can hit anytime, anywhere! I like to challenge myself with new ideas of interesting unusual shapes to try, so when inspiration hits I write notes and do sketches to reference.
What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?
Creative, kind, happy, passionate, mindful
Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
I worked in a plastics factory vac forming straight out of school at 16, then had a variety of jobs I didn’t like very much including selling caravans! Then I moved to Sydney where I took a manager role building props for movie sets, corporate events and other industries.…which I love.
20.0 x 26.0 cm, Steel
How do you usually plan your daily activities?
I write everything down! This way I can prioritise tasks and cross off my achievements.
As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?
Not having enough spare time as I would like to create my art.
Tell us about how you prioritise your art?
35 x 25 cm, Steel
AUD 585 incl. GST
I often work on projects after work during the week and generally work half a day over the weekend if I can.
If I feel I am loosing the flow of the task I will put it aside and start another aspect of the project, and in some cases start an entirely new project and come back to the original work later with fresh eyes. I love to listen to music while I work so I can incorporate two of my favourite things at once.
How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?
Gallery openings, social media & visiting art shops.
21.0 x 18.0 cm, Steel & Polished Perspex
AUD 320 incl. GST
Your advice to artist who are just starting out?
Practice, practice, practice! Love your art and never give up. Go to as many galleries and art related functions as possible and network through social media.
Tell us about your up coming group Art exhibition at ArtSHINE Gallery?
“Suspicious Beginnings” is unique because we are a group of close friends coming together to present steel & timber sculpture, acrylic paintings and photography. It will be an evening of fun and laughter with a bunch of talented sculptors and painters.
How is your experience so far with ArtSHINE with regarding your group art exhibition in June ?
The ArtSHINE team have been incredibly helpful and they are hosts to a magnificent space for artists to showcase their work. Vinh and the team have helped me take my art more seriously.
15.0 x 9.0 cm, Steel & Timber
Who do you most want to meet and why?
Bob Marley – what a legend
What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?
Fear is an illusion – go for it!
What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?
32.0 x 480.0 cm, Steel & Polished Corn Horns
Indian Wisdom 365 days – A book of stunning illustrations and words of wisdom for every day of the year. A gift from my girlfriend making it extra special.
Where do we find you and your products?
My sculptures are now showcasing at ArtSHINE Gallery