Biography

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

Featured Articles and Reviews

Mode Maison   Editorial-  Branching Out.

The Bulletin. Visual Arts review.

Belle.

The Land Magazine, Turning bush timber into a living.

Inside Out magazine, Wabi Sabi.

Instyle.

Highlife. Editorial- Once Upon a Time.

BOOKS

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. 

http://www.blurb.com/b/4455472-the-kodama-ironbark-project

Contemporary Australian Hardwood Stick Design Two. Available for Preview ONLINE and Purchase through Amazon  follow link below.

http://au.blurb.com/b/9005026-the-rustic-furniture-maker-two-contemporary-hand-w

 

                  

Awards

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

2012. 

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