art - mostly sculpture currently

mostly for my own amusement,  sculpting utilises all the skills practiced over the many decades of breeding, judging and grooming record making show dogs.  These years of assessing have developed my eye for 3 dimensional shape appreciation, and what is so appealing and rewarding is once finished, they are permanent ~ unlike a hair perfect Wire Fox Terrier or Griffon, which only lasts for a few days, yet took many months of what is considered in the sport as a 'rare skill', to create.

 

Casting in silver, pieces this intricate, with long legs and fine detail presents some tricky challenges for the caster, one by one, we have solved these problems - and herewith the finished sculpt!

After almost one year in the making -  3 sterling silver whippets playing - their playground for this photo is the BIS trophy from Melbourne Royal, which one of our dogs "Ricky" won in 1986.

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Sitting Bull Terrier, commissioned by Bull Terrier lover wanting to make funds for "Bull Terrier Rescue Victoria" and is shown here in it's 'raw' just sculpted form - it is being molded and will be cast in resin by Claire Tennant,

our one is now at the foundry.... being cast in bronze

more recently - doing some people sculpting -  this female torso

is now cast in several materials and finishes - I'm currently working on a full female figure next!

solid sterling silver whippet figurine - something in the making process of these figurines has ignited a passion in me,  it is #1 of what will be a 'trio' of sterling silver whippets playing ~~  

                                   see #2 further down ~~ immediatly below is a close up of the hand done coat work                                      

#2 

and here they are below playing together - awaiting the foundry to finish #3 !!

below,  working in another metal, this time stainless steel - high polish

High gloss polish stainless steel whippet 

two different hand painted patinas on cast resin bedlingtons

wax of the whippet prior to casting in silver

Pug plate, hand span size,           and in stages below...

donated to Qld Griffon Club

butter dish - much fun!

vase - 2ft tall

vase - commission

vase - commission

whippet - traded with a friend for one of her hand made mosaic bird baths

Tri colour Cavalier - 

Griffon ceramic painted plate 

bedlington ceramic - gift to friend

cold cast bronze bedlington - 2 sold, 1 donated for auction for funding research into CM/SM in UK -

winning bidder Mrs Margaret Carter

renown campaigner for health improvements in Cavaliers

pastel - hand made Australian pure cotton 300 gsm weight unbleached paper

resin griffon casts, either cold bronze or hand painted acrylic - sold and donated for

research into health in griffons

                        hand made, pewter medallions for each BOB when judging at SKK, December 2010.

Hand made solid pewter griffon figurine - 5 donated for various fundraisers for griffon health research

 

acrylic on canvas, our 2 of our Champion & multi  BIS griffons, Pumpkin & Pickle

 

 
impression from old photo of Anne Knight showing Statue's mother "Delectabelle"
 
 
pastel on Australian pure cotton hand made paper (Bemboka)
 for Joelle & Mike
 
cold cast bronze griffon figurines (donated for fundraising for griffon health research)
 
charcoal on Australian pure cotton hand made paper (Bemboka)

 

whippet figurine - solid silver - gift for Frank over 20 years ago