stand nearer

After a great many activities occupying the first half of the year and keeping me away from the studio, I finally found time last month to conceive and complete a new work for a good friend’s recently acquired apartment. She specifically asked me for something intimate in scale and perhaps comprising multiple elements.   The… see more

Blocks Group


After 17 years in this beautiful home, Roberta and I decided we were well overdue a proper clean-out and a re-think of how best to utilise the furniture and spaces it contains. This was no small undertaking! Many months later we are (almost) finished – but the results have been very gratifying, both for us… see more



I have spent many very happy hours with a wonderful student from Avalon who’s everyday work revolves around the written word, exploring with her all manner of media and techniques as she gains a confidence in her visual creativity to equal her literary skills. On occasion, we gain inspiration through ‘tasting’ the materials and approaches… see more

Eeyore Decal

surf shepard

Like many surfers, I tend to form an attachment to my various boards. They each hold memories for me of experiences, locations, moments in time – even individual rides on particularly joyous waves or spectacular encounters with ocean wildlife and visually stunning sunrises. Many of us (well, some at least) go so far as to… see more


artist profile

I have once again been fortunate enough to work with the wonderful team at Orange Regional Gallery, now under the very capable Directorship of Bradley Hammond, and in partnership with Artist Profile magazine. The exhibition ‘Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017’ is ostensibly in recognition of the magazine’s ten years and forty issues – but of… see more


major works

Image: ‘Swarm’, Canson, board and hand-made Spanish paper, punch-work. 60 cm x 60 cm (framed) It’s that time of the year again, when in schools across the state thousands of brave and enthusiastic souls embark upon their final year of studies and creative endeavours in Visual Arts or Design & Technology. A vital component of… see more


in the mood

As mentioned in passing in my previous post, a fortuitous meeting at the Pittwater Artists Trail exhibition (as part of the Pittwater Council initiative, Newport Easter Art Festival), has meant that I had the true honour and privilege to spend a great deal of the past several months engaged upon the creation of a large commissioned… see more



Sometimes, as has often been observed, a seemingly quiet surface belies the strong current of activity beneath. Such has certainly been the case for us here at the pencil tin. Between battening down during the recent east coast low-pressure system storm, assisting my elderly parents in the upheaval of moving home and directing much of… see more


april workshop – discover the wonders of paper

10am–2pm Saturday 16 April 2016 $75 per participant (plus nominal materials cost) Includes light refreshments Bookings essential – maximum 10 participants It can be all too easy to take paper for granted! In this increasingly digital era, for many of us paper is just the Manly Daily on the driveway, another bill in the letter… see more


march workshop – draw to design & communicate

10am–2pm Saturday 19 March 2016 $75 per participant (plus nominal materials cost) Includes light refreshments Bookings essential Positions limited to maximum 10 participants       Is your head full to bursting with creative ideas, but you lack the skills or confidence to commit them to paper? Or perhaps you have found a nagging problem… see more