For the Love of matter
Rescuing precious matter from WA waste-bins.
A symbolic act of Love.
Resisting the idea, the act of anything becoming waste, garbage, junk...
For the restoration of our cyclic relationship with the Earth.
As the Love is for all of Creation.
Found materials, cseoncrete, wood, metal, silicone, acrylic paint
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This painting is a bold flat statement about the destruction of war and the hope of peace. The old life of wooden fences and gardens has been destroyed. It was the life of the heart. In its place are the battlements of conflict and the protests of graffiti. Throughout the chaos Mary stands serene if sorrowful, a beacon of love, understanding and reconciliation. Icon painting is a conservative practice without a tradition of perspective. The writing enhances and reinforces the visual image.
oil, acrylic, lino printing ink, gold leaf on canvas.
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Nine years ago now Margaret began ‘Giv Life’, a soup kitchen. When I began joining her to volunteer, I noticed how she remembered so many details about each persons past, and almost every name that would attend, I admired this genuine love. Margaret is passing on the freedom and love that she has found in Christ to so many different people in crisis, without pushing her beliefs but through the patience and loving disposition of understanding theirs. She said some nights they’ve had 1 person come along, some nights 20 but it never mattered, as long as they fulfilled their mission to make just one person feel loved. Not coming across as superficial in faith or sanctimonious to her deeds, God has centred her heart in the right place to help and be compelling of Gods love for these people.
Oil paint and acrylic on canvas
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This piece is a reflection on youth of today…and a returning to morals and standards acceptable to faith in Christ, after going down a dark path
Jesus Christ Superstars
Air drying clay, crafting materials
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The L game was invented in 1967 by Edward de Bono. The game's objective is to block your opponent's L-shaped piece from moving by strategically occupying space. This strategy mirrors tactics used in both historical and current wars. In this painted version four end games are presented together. This setup ensures that there is always space for an L piece to move, symbolizing a world without borders. I propose this as a solution to our problems, advocating for a world in which we work together as one, a world where there is acceptance and LOVE in our hearts for all.
The L Game
Acrylic on canvas
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Five small barley loaves feeds five thousand! The immeasurable grace of God outflowing to hungry people through the loving actions of Jesus. This is depicted in these pieces by the overflowing porcelain slip. Each loaf is individually beautiful, in the way acts of kindness are. Even just a few such acts lead to an abundance - the flourishing of goodness and beauty.
woodfired stoneware with porclain slip
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A tragic fact of our daily lives, causing so much damage to partnerships and children, is the scourge of domestic violence. My intention with this painting of a father and his daughter is to show the love and trust the majority of today’s men have for their families. They are indeed following 1 Corinthians 16:14
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
Done in love
Oil on Canvas
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ST PAUL CHALLENGES US ' TO DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE'.
BUT WHAT IS LOVE?
ST THOMAS ACQUINAS DEFINES IT AS ' WILLING THE GOOD OF THE OTHER'.
WORDS CAN EXPRESS IT BEAUTIFULLY BUT HOW DOES ONE PORTRAY IT IN PURELY VISUAL TERMS?
IN MY EXPERIENCE THERE IS NO PURER, MORE INTIMATE OR SELFLESS LOVE THAN THAT OF A MOTHER FOR HER NEWLY BORN CHILD.
IN MY DRAWING I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO SHOW THIS.
BY REPEATING AND GRADUALLY ENLARGING THE IMAGE AND LETTING IT EMERGE FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT I HOPE TO SUGGEST THE IDEA OF REFOCUSING.
OUT OF DARKNESS
CHARCOAL AND COLLAGE ON MDF PANEL
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Looking in through the gothic archway we are a silent witness to love. A saintly motherly figure radiating love glows whilst offering her heart in an unconditional self-sacrificing gesture. Agape love is giving one’s all with no expectation of return. The lotus a symbol of the pure human soul, of agape love, its presence at the highest point is totemic. The lotus is a remarkable flower that blossoms in perfect form, yet its roots lay in a muddy slimy environment –an imperfect world. The bubbles floating in the background are a metaphor for the transient nature of life. It’s inability to sustain its own weight, bursting-highlights the fragility of life and the importance of giving this agape love. This kind of love makes us safe, secure, happy and allows us to blossom like the lonely lotus
We are fragile but I am strengthened
acrylic, ink and oil
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This work uses worn colourful scraps of lino flooring to speak to Mother-love. It is a map, referencing the devotion and care given by mothers daily, doing what they do with unconditional love. The work shows the countless marks of care history, paint drips of rooms renewed, scuff marks and places worn down by busy feet. It also tells of personal, heartfelt memories; those of patience, tolerance, the security of warm beds, wholesome food, and the rooms made ‘special’ for celebration and family time. Further, the lines of stitching are threads of conversation over a life time of enduring commitment, inspiration, guidance and everlasting love. They express support through the patching of worn and torn and of ‘making do’: The provision of what is necessary given with unconditional love.
Love Maps The Home
found Linoleum, embroidery thread, glue on board.
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In this diptych, I explore the theme of "Refocus" through two interconnected paintings.
The first canvas, adorned with abstract lights, invites observers to contemplate the cosmic unknown, symbolizing moments of divine illumination amid life's uncertainties. It emphasizes the need to refocus on the spiritual journey.
Contrastingly, the second canvas portrays imposing rocks, symbolizing tangible challenges. The choice of twelve rocks subtly references biblical completeness, urging viewers to reflect on the completeness found in love.
The diptych encourages a refocus on love, compassion, and spiritual introspection, aligning with the biblical passage. It emphasises that, amidst uncertainties, love remains the guiding light in all aspects of life.
Oil on Canvas
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Growing up my father was a street preacher. He had a great bit where he would put a bible under a white blanket and yell "IT'S ALIVE" until a crowd gathered, then announcing that the word of God was indeed alive. He's since changed religions and several countries but one thing that remained was my belief that a street preacher is always good for some banter. The photo in this artwork is of a preacher I speak to on occasion walking to my studio in Fremantle. It's always enlivening being able to jump straight to the big existential questions of life in a conversation with a stranger. Sometimes these chats linger with me and visit the studio to end up in a painting. The son of a preacher selling words for a living. How's that for full circle?
Signpainting enamel and phototech archival rag.
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It is a portrait of my dad and a wallaby. Dad is standing next to one of the wallabies. I draw them, he cuts them out on the bandsaw, I paint them and they are part of our lives. They are in the house, they are outside, they are in galleries and they are in other people's houses. The work is titled 'I love my dad'
I Love my Dad
Acrylic on canvas
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With these words (a secular prayer) is a social-practice arts project that engages directly with the theme, REFOCUS. In response to a call-out on social media, over sixty strangers volunteered 1-2 hours to handwrite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I selected this secular text because it resonates across faith, nationality, politics, history, age, gender and language. The participants came together from the Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, North America and Australia in a shared moment of care, compassion and responsibility. The texts are written in English, Korean, Chinese and French. Each is a personal, autographic drawing, a private moment, but it is also a communal activity allowing participants to refocus on love, compassion, the meaning of community and hope.
With these words (a secular prayer)
A socially-engaged project where over 60 people have hand written the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - ink on office paper, concrete aggregate.
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On this day I knew what I must paint. Had known it since I saw the image galloping toward and into me from the pulpit as the sweet voices sang the words in church. But I was too tired to paint. Every time I made the attempt the days previous I fell asleep on the nearest surface. On this day His quiet voice spoke, "Just put your brush to the canvas and the enemy will fall away." I was obedient. My arm felt like lead, but the very moment my brush touched the canvas the veil of fatigue and defeat evaporated. I wept throughout. We charged into battle. Wearing His armour made of His Love and Words. Because when we focus on God we walk in Love, we ARE Love. He need be our only focus. We must find every way to express it, to Cloak this earth with His Love and Grace. In His name. Amen.
My Eyes Are On You
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I grew up swimming at our local beach in Fremantle. It was called Port Beach and was remarkable to me in that it was the site where all the shipping containers were sat after arrival or before setting off to some distant land. The scene to me as a child was always strange, even though it was normal at the same time. It has taken me a long time to get to painting it.
Acrylic on canvas
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Bonnie, 18. Gazing into her uncertain future, standing at the crossroad of youth and adulthood. Is it the allure of newfound freedom or the weight of responsibilities that lie ahead? A liminal space of where to go physically, emotionally, and metaphorically. Bonnie contemplates a transformative journey, poised to refocus her path guided by the powers of love. With each step, she navigates the depths of her soul, embracing the delicate balance of liberty and responsible love that define her journey into the vast unknown. The ethereal light casts a soft glow that mirrors her contemplative mood
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Be on your guard
Stand firm in the faith
Do everything in Love.
Emerging from Covid
restrictions leave us feeling
Community is fractured…
There is a need
God draws the threads of his people together
Weaving his people back into
A community of Refocused Believers
doing everything in Love.
Refocused, Deus Texere
Mixed Media. Pen, Ink, Textile
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Love for nature is the sustaining force propelling me through my creative process. This digitally-crafted work blends my photographs of a stagnant pond scattered with gum leaves and AI generated imagery teetering on the edge of reality. It invites viewers to ponder the delicate balance between our fragile ecosystems and the technological landscape. Through this convergence, I hope to inspire a deeper appreciation for our environment and the important role technology will play in its preservation. This work serves as a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us and the responsibility we have to protect it for future generations. In a world filled with challenges, love remains the guiding light, urging us to cherish and safeguard the Earth and create a more compassionate and sustainable world.
Garden of Love
Video_MPG-4 , HD 1920 × 1080
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'Flooded' is inspired by the iconography of ancient Greek and Roman mythology, its folklore, and its religious paintings, recasting the contemporary woman as a powerful goddess of nature and a portrayal of femininity that we should celebrate, embrace and worship.
A God-like enigmatic female figure is submerged within a dramatic watery cloudscape, blurring the lines between heaven and earth. Portraying the existential dualities of light and dark, she transverses through a portal into an unknown time of fear and discomfort, longing for a deeper connection.
The unsettling maelstrom in which this figure tumbles and swirls into the vortex is her refuge, perhaps a pathway to enlightenment.
Canon R5 and EF 24-70mm f2.8 II USM / Archival pigment print on fibre rag photographic paper