How long have you been at TBSSS?
I have been a student at Tom Bass Sculpture School Studio over a two year period under the tutelage of Wendy Black. I have undertaken a number of special courses in a range of disciplines such as life-sculpting, portrait-sculpting, marble-Sculpting and lime-stone carving, under the direction of a number of excellent tutors. I have also benefited from the instruction of a number of ‘students’ of highly developed talents. The creative atmosphere at TBSSS has always been encouraging and supportive.
Where do you travel from each week?
I live in Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire and travel mostly by train to Erskineville and enjoy the experience of community commuting. I drive when transporting sculptural pieces.
What do you do when you’re not sculpting?
Besides taking Classes at TBSSS I carve and sculpt in other materials such at AAC (concrete), sandstone and timber. I enjoy oil painting but have little time for it at the moment. I enjoy playing the guitar and learning new playing techniques and music theory. I have always been a keen surfboard rider, play golf regularly and ride my bicycles 15-20 kms three or four time a week; and… drink too much coffee and shiraz!
What made you take up sculpting?
I have always enjoyed all disciplines of art, I have been particularly enthralled and dabbled in the three dimensional form. On retirement a few years ago, I found the time to devote to this passion of sculpting and was overwhelmed by the creative fulfilment it brought me. An uplifting sense of achievement. I was taking classes at a community gallery when I was recommended to TBSSS by a friend who is a student. Her recommendation has proved transformative.
Tell us what you are working on currently…
My latest plaster-casting sculpture with Wendy’s Wednesday AM class is a dark female bust called Nubi. My most recent work is on three portrait-sculpting pieces of bisque-fired clay under the direction of Jenny Pollack. I have concurrently completed a limestone carving of a stylist female torso called Fleur. I am also working on some silicon moulding of wax and cement at home.