What inspires your art practice?
When I was a young man I trained as a funeral director and monumental mason, this instilled a life-long interest in monuments that are created for events, people and memories. To make a monument suggests importance and is an appropriate way for me to make a sculptural comment on past or current issues.
What materials do you work in?
I have carved wood and a variety of different casting materials and am currently working on three Bronze commissions. We were Kings is constructed from fibreglass, steel and wood.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
We were Kings references both a period in New Zealand history when the resources for war were at the deposal of the British crown and also a period when the horse was irreplaceable as a means of transport as the war horse.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi Sydney, October 18 - November 4. Sir Edmund Hillary bronze, Mt Cook. Pelorus Jack bronze, French pass. Bronze sculpture John McGlashan College, Dunedin. Bronze Cedar Cone, Dunedin Botanic Gardens.
Where did you study?
Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art, Hons Diploma sculpture 1990