I have been working with forest wood since 1989 on the East Coast of New South Wales, setting up a sustainable small business in the process. Working freehand with found wood and letting the nature of each piece dictate the finished product. The art is in wood selection and the fluid manner in which it is combined into beautiful and utilitarian furniture. Quality control is achieved by concentrated collecting of sticks and larger branches. I exhibit furniture regularly in Art Galleries and do commission works on a small scale.
Exhibitions and Shows
Solo Exhibition Bloomfield Gallery Paddington. 1990
Gardenesque Vaucluse House Vaucluse. 1992
Berry Garden Show Berry. 1991-92
Oxley College Fine Arts Exhibition Bowral. 2002-2003
Field Works for Living Spaces B.D.A.S. Bowral. 2002-2003
Cooma Cottage Yass. 2003
Wool, Silk and Wood St Albans Gallery. 2003
Durag and Friends St Albans Gallery. 2003
Ways with Wood St Albans Gallery. 2005
Myth (and legend) Mindirr Gallery 11 Mittagong. 2006-2008
Southern Highlands Arts Studio Trail Burradoo. 2006-2007
Nattai Stories of a Forest B.D.A.S. Bowral. 2008
Green Heart Gallery Robertson. 2008-2013
Eltham Village Gallery Eltham. 2010-2012
Lower Clarence Open Art Exhibition Maclean. 2009-2012
Festival of Nature Dilkoon. 2011-2012
Earth, Timber and Fire Kingstudio Maclean. 2013
Kingstudio Maclean. 2014-15
Iluka Emporium 2014-15
The Rustic Kitchen Exhibition Iluka Emporium 2015
Sticks no Stones Exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery 2017
Sticks no Stones II. Yamba Art Space 2017
Exposure to the Elements Exhibition Yamba Art Space 2018
Arty Folk Exhibition Yamba Art Space 2018
Sculpture in the Gaol South West Rocks 2019
Habitat Exhibition Yamba Art Space 2020
Featured Articles and Reviews
Mode Maison Editorial- Branching Out.
The Bulletin. Visual Arts review.
The Land Magazine, Turning bush timber into a living.
Inside Out magazine, Wabi Sabi.
Highlife. Editorial- Once Upon a Time.
Money in the Undergrowth – Daily Examiner.
The Kodama Ironbark Project. A journey into sustainability using the Japanese design philosophy of Wabi-sabi by Australian bush furniture maker Jeff Keyes. Available ONLINE for preview just follow link below to purchase.
Contemporary Australian Hardwood Stick Design Two. Available for Preview ONLINE and Purchase through Amazon follow link below.
1st. Prize Woodwork. Lower Clarence 44th Annual Open Competitive Art Exhibition 2009.
Viewers Choice Award. Lower Clarence 46th Annual Open Competitive Art Exhibition 2011.
1st. Prize “Open Craft” Lower Clarence 47th Annual Competitive Art Exhibition 2012.
1st. Prize “All Forms of Craft” 53rd. Clarence River Arts Festival 2018.
Living Sustainably Award winner Individual category. Clarence Valley Council