I find kangaroos incredibly expressive. Whether contemplating their facial expressions, their stance or their behaviours, I often find myself wondering what they are thinking.
After dedicating an entire collection to African animals, I decided it was time to showcase Australian native animals in my art.
The inspiration for my first kangaroo sculpture, Curious Kangaroo, stems from my days working as a builder on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
At the time, seeing kangaroos was an everyday occurence, particularly in this type of stance.
To me, it is a pose of curiosity.
If you look closely, you will see the Curious Roo’s ears are facing different directions.
Kangaroos not only have excellent hearing, but their ability to move their ears independently of each other allows them to detect sounds from different parts of the environment at different frequencies and intensity.
The kangaroo is such an iconic and beloved Australian animal and I believe this is the reason why my kangaroo collection, which includes the Eating Roo, Lounging Roo and Roadkill Roo, are among my most popular works.
They have been displayed at numerous art exhibitions and won several awards, including first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show and the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.