|Living in a sub-tropical paradise, I'm surrounded by such beauty, the diverse environment and the variety of people, yet waste is still an ugly issue. I'm trying to create beauty from throw away items especially the plastic bottle.
We need to be aware, think laterally, become creative and start to reuse, reduce and recycle in exciting ways and in ways that mean something.
When individuals are aware and act with responsibility to themselves, others and the environment; personal satisfaction and positive change are possible.
Over the last ten years I've been exploring ways of creating sculptures using plastic (PET) bottles. As an artist, I want these sculptures to raise awareness of the importance of addressing some important social and environmental issues: consumerism, waste and sustainability. The recycled plastic bottle is the perfect art medium – easy to shape and colour, durable and readily available. I've also experimented with a variety of ways to highlight my art at night, including solar lights to also express the importance of understanding and utilising solar energy.
Group Exhibitions2016-17 Planting Dreams Exhibtion - State Library NSW
2016 Swell Sculpture Festival - Currumbin
2015 Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk - Brunswick Heads
2010 artsCape - Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay
2009 Swell Sculpture Festival - Currumbin Beach
2009 Impact 3 Local Artists - Home Gallery, Mullumbimby
2009 SMLXL 6 Local Artists - Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay
2008 Swell Sculpture Festival - Currumbin Beach
2007 Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2007 Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore
2005 artsCape - Cape Byron, Byron Bay
2005 Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2005 Flower Creations Reverse Garbage
2003 Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2002 Old & Gold Festival Recycled Fashion - Brunswick Heads
Featured Displays2016-17 Enligtened Flow - State Library NSW
2016 Anzac Poppy Project - Elephant Rock, Currumbin
2015 Anzac Poppy Project - Elephant Rock, Currumbin
2007 Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby - Valentine's Day Display
2006 The Shopfront Gallery, Lismore Health & Herb Festival - Shop Front Display
2006 Business Awards, Lismore - Table Centres
2005 Lismore Herb Festival - Shop Front Display
2004 Shine Events, Darling Harbour - Table Centres
Awards and Achievements2007 'Tulips' - Tafe Award - Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2005 'Bromeliads' - Local Artist Award - artsCape - Cape Byron, Byron Bay
2003 'Bromeliads' - Acquisition Award - Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2003 'Bromeliads' - People's Choice Award - Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - Ballina
2002 1st Prize - Old & Gold Festival Recycled Fashion - Brunswick Heads
Workshops2015 Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Elanora State School, Currumbin Primary School & Fun and Ageless group (Currumbin RSL) - School & Community Workshops - 'Anzac Poppy Project'
2010 Byron Community Primary School - School Workshop - 'Octopus' Garden'
2010 St John's Primary School - School Workshop
2010 Waywood Gallery / Still @ the centre, Byron Bay - Kids Workshop
2009 Swell Festival, Currumbin Beach - School Workshop - Community Installation, 'Flower Power'
2009 Currumbin Primary School - School Workshop
2005 Bangalow Community OOSH - Kids Art Class