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Moments with Dogs: ‘Points of View’ miniature

I am often amazed which sculptures resonate most with viewers. This idea is one that seems to constantly capture people’s imaginations. Comical at first, this sculpture invites the viewer to reflect on our perplexing differences in perspective. Each seems to say – “of course I […]

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Moments with Dogs: ‘Standpoints’

Within the quest to discover our place on earth, we are puzzled to understand our relation to other animals. Ironically, “man’s best friend” offers us a chance to bridge our self-created divide. By acknowledging their ‘dogness’ and that they are equally sentient creatures, we can […]

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Moments with Dogs: ‘The Beholders’

A beholder is defined is an observer: someone who gains awareness of things through the senses, especially sight. These two seemed to me to be a perfect depiction of this definition. Modelled on a snapshot I took of an elderly gentleman and his dog sitting on a […]

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Moments with Dogs: ‘Exhilaration’

His physique may not be best suited to it, but the exhilaration he experiences will be just as real! Ironically, because dogs adapt so well to our world, we often fail to recognise their reality. We refer to them in human terms and attribute human […]

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Moments with Dogs: ‘Point of view II’

After creating the sculpture ‘Points of View – pewter’ and another version of this in concrete (see photo below) I sculpted this dachshund, to be placed looking down from a higher vantage point. Both of the above mentioned sculptures invite the viewer to reflect on […]

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Moments with Dogs: ‘Your move’

This Dachshund’s gaze is layered with possible meanings: affection, questioning, waiting, wanting…… direct and urgent. He will respond to your next move. Curiously, this trick is learnt from us. Dogs are highly socially skilled animals. The result of centuries of domestication, they are also the […]

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Prints and Sketches: River Walk

Linocut stamps printed onto collagraphs. The resulting images have a very sculptural feel. I love the process of creating texture and line in such an expressive way. Medium: oil based printing ink on Fabriano paper

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Moments with Dogs: ‘Speak Up’

I left the texture on the face of this wire-haired dachshund intentionally rough, almost ‘out of focus’. When a dog is barking, the noise is penetrating and disturbing to human observers. Much like when we shout at dogs, communication often breaks down when the other […]

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Portraits and Figures: Concrete portrait

This is a more personal work. As I get older, travel and experience more of the world, I become increasingly aware of how unusual and special my upbringing was. I grew up on a farm in a region known as the Karoo in South Africa. […]

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Moments with Dogs: Dachshund

A sculpture of my dachshund, Jack, whose favourite place was sitting on the edge of the deck, surveying the world.  The wooden base is from ethically sourced wood Medium: Ceramic,  Height: 290mm

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Wildlife: “On Safari in the Concrete Jungle”

Titled “On Safari in the Concrete Jungle” This was my first experience working with concrete as a final sculpting medium, and I was very surprised at how versatile it can be. The sculpture was on the 2010 Young Concrete Sculptor Award competition exhibition at the […]

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Wildlife: Rhino

I have tried to emphasize the attitude and stocky build of the rhino by mounting it slightly forward on its base.  The solid cypress base is from ethically sourced wood. Medium: Fired Clay, Height: 290mm                     […]

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Wildlife: Elephant Cow and Calf

In this piece I have tried to convey the feeling of interaction between the elephant cow and her calf.  The rustic oak base is from ethically sourced wood Medium: Ceramic,  Height: 260mm

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Moments with Dogs: Bassett portrait

Part of a series of portraits that I am working on with my colleague Cristina Salvoldi. The final installation will be a line up of dogs and cats (I’m the dog person, she the cat person), titled: (Non) judgement. Will put up more information once […]

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Moments with Dogs: Great Dane portrait

Part of a series of portraits that I am working on with my colleague Cristina Salvoldi. The final installation will be a line up of dogs and cats (I’m the dog person, she the cat person), titled: (Non) judgement. Will put up more information once […]

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Moments with Dogs: Deerhound portrait

Part of a series of portraits that I am working on with my colleague Cristina Salvoldi. The final installation will be a line up of dogs and cats (I’m the dog person, she the cat person), titled: (Non) judgement. Will put up more information once […]