I was born in Mosman, NSW in December 1957. I then grew up on the family owned 75,000 acre sheep and cattle property near Cunnamulla. I was educated at Toowoomba prep school followed by The Kings School in Sydney.
During my time at school I always had a keen interest and passion for art, especially wood and metal work. I developed the skill of welding which combined with my artistic flair has led me to create the number of garden sculptures seen today.
After leaving the family property in Cunnamulla and later returning from the UK, in 1993 I settled in the Mudgee district with my wife Sally and two children Ben and Jess.
We are now living at 'Old Bara', a cattle property only 25 minutes from the beautiful town of Mudgee. We run Angus cattle, the Old Bara Guesthouse, Camping and also produce and sell our very own Grass Fed Bara Beef.
Aside from our many businesses my true passion is to create art from recycled materials. Over the past 15 – 20 years I have been frustrated at the amount of material that is considered as waste which is filling the enormous landfill. This inspired me to start thinking about using this so called waste in my artwork.
My rustic sculptures are made from many different sources including vintage farm machinery, motor vehicles and other found objects. The basis of my sculptures comes from the fact that I let the natural shape of a single object dictate my whole project. I then build around this with an array of other recycled items to marry in and create a piece of art.
"Flame within". This piece has two concepts. First, the sun rising over the horizon, the second is the inner flame we all have to give us the fighting spirit to keep going even through the toughest times, such as drought. I am very humbled by this piece winning the Moolarben acquisition prize at the annual event Sculptures in the Garden, Rosby wines, 2018.
The pair of dancing brolgas exhibited at Sculptures in the Garden 2018 were sold to a local Mudgee family and are now proudly standing in a stunning garden.
"Wish upon a Star" exhibited at Sculptures in the Garden 2018. The moon and stars, you can’t have one without the other. If you wish upon a star, your wish will come true – that’s what I was always told! This piece is for sale and can be seen at the prestigious winery near Rylstone NSW, De Beaurepaires wine.
I had the honour of being asked by the year 12 students and head mistress of Frensham school to make a metal and sandstone bench in the memory of Olivia Inglis who was tragically lost in a horse riding accident.
The stars represent Olivia's cross country colours.
I was honoured to be commissioned to make 2 pieces for the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. These sculptures are not only to enhance the garden aesthetically but also as useful pieces, one provides water for birds, the other a place for nesting.
“Taken the bait” was inspired by the floods which affected many areas – I had a few springs lying around which I used to make an outline of a fish, I then thought horseshoes would make great scales, and along with a pile of discarded plumbers’ materials it all came together. The hook and line were added to tell a bit of a story – not being much of a fisherman I enjoy the fact that the fish took the bait and got away!
“The Inner Flame” was inspired by the very sad passing of a dear young friend. The inner flame spins in the wind during the day and is just as stunning at night when lit up by solar powered lighting.
“The spring flowers” came together to enhance any place in your garden where it is hard to grow real flowers.
Creating these different sculptures allows me to have a bit of fun and escape from the real world. I have never taken myself too seriously so creating these pieces really suits my character. I find it a great way to express myself as well as being an energy outlet.
I thoroughly enjoy the challenge in creating my sculptures, and hope that they are seen as a bit of fun and bring a smile to people’s faces as they enhance any garden or parkland. A sculpture is the icing on the cake in any beautiful garden.