In more recent years, retirement has allowed me the time to fully explore my creativity and to utilize materials I have worked with over the years in a very different way. I have always liked working with timber and steel enjoying their contrasting qualities. Following my love of the “old” I have restored several heritageboats to express my inner desires to reconstruct the old world by creatively implementing the relating themes of form and function - drawing together the worldof dreams and practicality - the practical challenges of the sea and exploration ofdifferent locations of boyhood fantasies.
My love of the land steeped in history and struggle for survival has led me todevelop further creative challenges using older materials and metals, especially recycled farm machinery and timbers. The nature of animals and birds strongly appeals to me as subjects because of the contrasts they present - their strengthand power coupled with their survival instincts and subtle ingenious mannerisms. Through carving, chiseling and welding I have sought to create and explore thefluid, spontaneous movement observed in animals and birds living on the land sofamiliar to me.
It is my wish to further develop the skills, techniques and conceptual understandingto take creativity to “the next level”. Participation and ongoing involvement withother artists and sculptors is, I believe, one way of achieving this.
Local and family displays.
Mornington Peninsula Art Exhibition (Sculpture 1st prize)
Bairnsdale U.L. art Exhibition
Jindivick Sculpture Exhibition (Highly commendable)
Melbourne Flower and Garden Show
The Warburton Art and sculpture Show
Metung, East Gippsland On Show Exhibition
Mt Gambier Forestry Exhibition
“Tesselaar” Sculpture competition
“Mistletoe” N.S.W sculpture competition
“Lockhart” N.S.W - The Land sculpture competition
Designed and built unique pieces of furniture.
Restored a 1939 “Jenny Wren” motor sailer.
Restored an early 1900 shark boat.
Restored 1927 “T” model Ford roadster
Featured many individual art pieces on historical boats.
Constructed larger sculptural items for garden displays
Attended various workshops, gaining further techniques and developing additional skills
I have many sculptures in private collections throughout Australia.
Awards and Achievements
1994 - Won the prestigious “Hugh McKay Award” from the Victoria government for my contribution towards Agriculture
1992 & 93 - “Inventor of the Year” in Australia
1992 & 93 - “Inventor of the Year” in New Zealand
Introduced the concept of round baled silage into Australia.
Designed a square bale mulcher for Vines.
Invented and manufactured the “Stock Proof Float Valve”.
1993 - Won the B.H.P. Best Innovative Machine of the Year Award, Australian National Field Days
1990 - Winner for Best Innovative Machine of the Year Award Elmore, Field Days
1985 - Designed the first Australian made commercial green waste recycler “True Blue”
1965 - Designed and built the first contractable drawbar for bogie trailer transports
1961 - Winner of the Victorian Young Farmers Livestock Judging Award
Related Technical Work Experience
Welding & wood turning courses
Shipwright courses with (Bill Jones)
Various workshops - sand stone, concrete, clay and fibre glass, aiming at expanding my skills, knowledge and appreciation of sculpture as a visual art form.
Voluntary Community Involvement
Member - Australian Sculpture Ass., of Victoria
Captain - Boneo Rural Fire Brigade
President - P&C. Ass. of Simpson Primary School
Drum Major - Wangaratta Pipe Band
Member - Rotary
Member - Tourism Committee with North East Development
Member - Wangaratta & District Promotions Committee
Member - Wooden Boat Association
Member - Friends of Nungurner Action Group