It was great to return to St Joseph’s Primary in Barcaldine recently. I had the opportunity to brighten up a number of spaces. It was great to be a part of some of the new things happening at the school, see familiar faces and meet new ones. The friendly staff and students at Joey’s always make me feel welcome.
It was my first trip to Boulia and what an adventure! After recent rain the flora and fauna of Outback Queensland was not like I’d seen in years. I completed two large murals at Boulia State School. Thanks to the school staff and community for making me feel welcome and the students who shared their experiences and cultural heritage.
This project wrapped up my second tour of Queensland this year and The only thing I won’t miss are the flies!
It was great to return to Gayndah State School and apply new work. I wish to thank the staff and students who made me feel welcome and asked a record breaking number of questions! I enjoyed revisiting the oldest school in Queensland and left inspired by some of the hand painted signage from decades past.
It was great to return to Blackall State School to work with senior art students recently. We tackled a number of large murals and braved freezing cold mid winter mornings. Students and staff were so keen to participate I missed most of my lunch breaks but it was very much worthwhile as the new art evokes thought, reinforces school values and celebrates Blackall's unique identity.
Although it was a brief stay I enjoyed a day in Miriam Vale completing this mural at the local 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.
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the Friends of Aundel State School (FASS) on the Gold Coast, as they wanted to make their tuckshop space more appealing to the students. It was a challenging space to work with, but FASS gave me a clear and simple brief to work to. This meant the design process for the mural was easy and I was able to create something which bright, appealing and worked with the available wall space.