About My Work

I’m currently working with scratchboard, and I’m open to inspiration from all directions. To begin with I’ve been focusing on animals, which I love, and I enjoy using art to tell their stories. My hope is that each piece I’ve created so far will reach through the flat medium and engage the viewer’s emotions through the subject’s personality and expressive nature. Given time I plan to expand into landscapes, still life and more. I really enjoy the narrative opportunities afforded by expanding the piece across multiple panels, such as diptychs, triptychs and beyond.

Scratchboard is a medium unusual enough in the art world that I have to order my panels from specialist providers overseas. Each artwork piece is created by carefully scratching through the top layer of black to reveal the white clay undercoating. This requires me to work counter-intuitively, removing darkness to reveal light, as opposed to the creation of shadows and darkness as per the more traditional materials such as pencil and paint. The stark binary nature of the sharp white lines against the inky black media provides a powerful counterpoint to the raw emotional appeal of the subject.

The work is meticulous and time consuming, with each piece taking at least 12 hours, with many exceeding 50 hours. Scratchboard is a temperamental medium which requires exact precision. This medium does not tolerate error – once scratched the board stays scratched, and cannot be repaired. The results are worth the time and effort however, with each piece being truly unique, and I would hope you would agree visually arresting!

Acknowledgements

I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Ms Alex Cearns, a stunningly talented photographer. Her photos capture the true essence of her subject’s character. Alex has been very kind and patient with me, allowing me to use some of her photos as subjects in my work.
Thanks Alex!

To see some of Alex and her team’s photography visit:
Houndstooth Studio or Houndstooth Facebook

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AWARDS AND PRIZES TO DATE

People’s
Choice
Winner

Vasse Art Awards
April 2016

Highly
Commended

City of Melville
Art Awards Exhibition
May 2015

People’s
Choice
Winner

The Angelico Exhibition
August 2014

Best
Emerging Artist
(Under 25)

Vasse Art Awards
April 2016

Art
Colours
Award

Corpus Christi College
September 2014

1st Prize
Winner (2D)

St George’s Cathedral
Art Awards
July 2014

People’s
Choice
Winner

South Perth Awards
October 2015

2nd Prize
Overall (2D)
Winner

The Angelico Exhibition
August 2014

People’s
Choice Winner

St George’s Cathedral
Art Awards
July 2014

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