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'Scrub Python'

Emergence Series - #1

Python head and egg - maple / Base - basswood.
7.7cm x 6.5cm Pyrography & Acrylic Paint

$395 AUD  Contact to purchase


I love to see animals close-up and I'm always interested in the textures of their skin, feather or fur, the details of their eyes and the environment they reflect.

Scrub Python was conceived so that I could show all of this in one package; the intensity of the eye, the handsome scales and earthy colours...emerging from its original environment, an egg on a grass nest.

The entire egg and python head are made from a single maple wood egg. The nest base is separate and is made from basswood. This is the first in a series of pieces, all linked by a similar concept; an animal viewed up close, emerging from it's environment.

You can see a video of 'Scrub Python' HERE






'The Eyes Have It'

Wolf eyes on huon pine bead.

Leather thong - genuine sterling silver findings. Length: 20.5" (52cm)
Bead: 4.7cm x 2.3cm Pyrography & Acrylic Paint

$75.00 AUD (SOLD)  Contact to purchase

Detail
Actual Size
Huon Pine Detail

This 'one off' piece has been burnt, textured & painted on a hand turned Huon Pine bead. Huon Pine is a rare and highly prized timber. I personally selected this wood and turned the bead to best present the subject and to highlight the properties of the pine.

The art work alone has been varnished to protect it from wear and tear and to allow cleaning. The Huon has been oiled and buffed to allow the beautiful scent, grain and natural glow to be appreciated.

The wolf face has been meticulously textured so that the fur can be felt as well as seen.







'Great Horned Owl'

Great Horned Owl on a Jacaranda and Mallee Burl Bead

Combination Braided & Leather Thong - genuine sterling silver findings. Length 24" (61cm) Length:
Bead: 4.3cm x 2.2cm Pyrography & Acrylic Paint

$85.00  (SOLD)Contact to purchase

Detail

Jacaranda & Mellee Bead Detail
Sterling Silver Findings
Hand Braided Leather
Actual Size

I love mallee wood. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful timbers in the world. Unfortunately, for a pyrographer, it is as hard as a rock and it finishes in a rich, dark and highly figured colour. None of these attributes are very good for burning on but I was still keen to try and incorporate this highly prized timber into my work.

I hand turned this laminated mallee/jacaranda combination bead to make the marriage a reality. Not only does the mallee add decorative end caps to the bead but it also adds weight, allowing the bead to hang nicely.

The feathers of the owl have been carefully textured, creating a highly realistic feel. This one off depiction of a Great Horned Owl is part of an ongoing 'Birds of Prey' series.







'Boobook'

Boobook Owl on Whole Tagua Nut - Mallee Base

Tagua: 6cm x 3.6cm - Base: 7.6cm x 6.4cm. Pyrography & Acrylic Paint

$125 AUD  Contact to purchase

Detail

Side view
Peek-a-boo window shows back head feathers
Front view

Tagua is also called 'vegetable ivory'. It comes from the Ivory Palm, located in the Amazon area of South America. The hard white/cream seeds of the palm closely resemble elephant ivory and, because of this, the nuts are harvested for use in craft and other industries...at no harm to the tree.

The Boobook Owl is a small brown owl found throughout Australia. At my home I often hear their distinctive two tone night call.

'Boobook' has been burnt on the sanded face of a whole tagua nut. This piece is heavily burnt to produce the bird's feather texture and darker colours. Acrylic paint is used to highlight the feather and facial features.







'Rainbow Lorikeet'

Rainbow Lorikeet on Whole Tagua Nut - Mallee Base

Tagua: 6cm x 3.8cm - Base: 7.6cm x 6.4cm. Pyrography & Acrylic Paint

$125.00  Contact to purchase

Detail

Peek-a-boo window shows green head feathers
Front view
side view

Tagua is also called 'vegetable ivory'. It comes from the Ivory Palm, located in the Amazon area of South America. The hard white/cream seeds of the palm closely resemble elephant ivory and, because of this, the nuts are harvested for use in craft and other industries...at no harm to the tree

Rainbow Lorikeets are brilliantly coloured and gregarious members of the parrot family. These sassy little guys are regular visitors to my backyard deck, which sits high in the gum trees.

'Rainbow Lorikeet' has been burnt on the partially sanded face of a whole tagua nut. This piece is heavily burnt to produce the bird's feather texture and darker colours. The vibrant plumage has been painted using acrylic paints.