Ten years ago I completed a mural at a private residence a few kilometres from Lismore. The owners recently made contact to rejuvenate the mural as it turns out they had kept my business card all these years. The mural had weathered reasonably well and it goes to show a professional job using quality paints will go the distance. 

The old

And The New (rejuvenated)

Ipswich West State School

I was recently contacted by the principal at Ipswich West State School a primary school west of Brisbane, to create artwork for the tuck shop. Built in 1861, the school has plenty of architectural character and is heritage listed however the addition of the new box style tuck shop looked out of place amongst the red brick, corrugated iron and wood features of the adjacent buildings. The tuck shop had been referred to as "The Toilet Block" by some stakeholders as its aesthetics were less than inspiring. 

The brief was to make the tuck shop blend in with the surroundings and bring continuity by creating an illusion mural. I came across many challenges during designing and applying the mural however the transformation has impressed and engaged staff and students alike. It has been a joy to work amongst a professional and friendly school community.

The Sandstone Point Hotel

Back in April, Sauce was contacted by the Comiskey group, as the owner had a new project he was working on. Sauce had previously worked for David at one of his childcare centres on the Sunshine Coast, so it was great to continue this partnership. 

David had numerous ideas about the designs and imagery for his latest development, the Sandstone Point Hotel. Since the hotel has numerous different bars, eating areas and meeting points, cleverly, David wanted a different focus in each area or zone. David also chose to begin the mural and artwork phase prior to opening, so Sauce was in there, painting amount the construction site. By focusing on each different zone, Sauce was able to design and tailor artwork to suit the usage and the layout of the area. The different zones, also provided Sauce with different artistic opportunities. The images below show the signage, portrait, and ghost-signs. All of which were a welcome challenge. 

From the design phase, where the client used Pinterest to indicate the themes and perspective, to the application of the artwork, this is by far, was one of the more intricate, varied and professional artworks Sauce has created. It's not only a portfolio piece, but it also an example of how businesses can use artwork to suit their needs and transform an area, by standing out from all of their competitors. This project was the perfect balance of artwork, patronage and commercial value. Sauce hopes to both work with the Comiskey Group again, and other likeminded clients who want to stand out from the crowd. 


As as the weather warms up and the days grow longer, I strongly recommend a trip north of Brisbane to the Sandstone Point Hotel. Baby Boomers will be pleased to know the Beach Boys will be performing there in the near future, and there's even a petting zoo for the little ones. So grab your family, get in the car, and get ready to enjoy a cool drink, tasty food, great artwork and seaside views. 


 Ainslie Rose. 

Comiskey Whiskey
Matthew Flinders
Oysters Bribie
Flower Stall
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Mt Cotton State School

Fifteen years ago, I completed one of my first ever paid school murals at Mt Cotton State School, and during that time, I have been privileged to work on an array of artworks for the school. This latest projects saw my sign writing skills put to the test on a new sign and some landscape imagery for The Rainforest Room.


Each year, our rad mates from Brisbane throw a backyard party on Aussie Day. The party changes as the tribe grows but the essentials are all there, like goon-inspired punch, snags on the barbie, bogan inspired costumes, and the Triple J Hottest 100 on the stezza. Since everyday is a good day for a paint, Sauce contributed to the party vibes and smashed out this chrome-effect filled piece. Mad props to our Brisbane friends who know how to throw a party!

And I don’t want to get too political, but Sauce and myself would like to pay tribute to the First Peoples who walked this country. Australia was colonised, not settled and was indeed inhabited for thousands of years before Captain Cook made it to our shores. When are we going to get a new flag?

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Aus Day
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