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NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Feature 'No turning back' September 05 2016
Definitely no turning back for this artist!!
What an amazing feature and means so much to have an article in a magazine I have grown up with. Thank you NZ Horse & Pony Magazine!!
Vavasour Clay Sculpture Work in Progress Week 5 August 26 2016
Vavasour Sculpture Work in Progress Week 4 August 26 2016
Vavasour Sculpture Work in Progress Week 3 August 26 2016
Vavasour Sculpture Work in Progress Week 2 August 26 2016
Vavasour Work in Progress Week 1 August 26 2016
Once again so proud to be following in my father’s footsteps!!
Last week I received a letter on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen stating that my sculpture of Zabeel will be accepted into her private art collection at Buckingham Palace and will stand alongside my father’s sculpture of Sir Tristam. She mentioned that she “is delighted to have the magnificent, limited edition bronze sculpture”.
I'm blown away and super proud, what an amazing accomplishment for this little artist from down under!!!
I had the privilege last week to meet with Winston’s daddy Mr Joseph McClendon III. Where I had the opportunity to give Winston to his family. This bronze sculpture is bursting with fun and character just like the lovable French bulldog breed. Everyone that lays eyes on him just can’t help but smile and laugh!!
I must say it was a bit sad seeing him go as he brought such a positive, amusing presence to our home, but I have some great news!! Winston the French bulldog will be available to purchase!! We want others to also enjoy this little fellow!!
Plus 10% of the profits will go to help other French Bulldogs!! They will be donated to the French Bulldog Rescue organisation (https://www.facebook.com/FrenchBulldogRescue/?fref=ts)
If you would like to purchase the bronze French bulldog or would like to discuss a personal commission of your own simply send me a message.
And the family are very happy indeed!! Watch video from Joseph HERE
Current WIP - #ProjectWinston January 12 2016
I'm very excited that I get to sculpt another amazing animal. Winston the magnificent will be sculpted in clay then hand cast in bronze. What an adorable little poochie!!
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Stage 1: Create armature and immerse myself in all things Winston!!
Stage 2: Start building up the body using small balls of clay (while getting a tan!!)
Stage 3: Keep on going, building up and defining as I go. Plus have FUN!!
Stage 4: Continue having fun in the sun!! and yet more building up!! This little guy is chunky!
Stage 5: Refining the features, muscles and ummm fat!! Working away alongside my little girl!!
Stage 6: Finishing touches!! Soon he will be off to the foundry!!
Remember to follow the progress click here!!
Proud to Present Champion Sire Zabeel!! October 22 2015
Champion Sire Zabeel hand cast in Bronze, mounted on a black granite base, strictly Limited Edition - endorsed by Sir Patrick Hogan
Trying out new ideas!! August 16 2015
One of those random sparks of creativity has turned into something quite FUN and addictive!!
Incorporating hand drawing with digital image creations!! The inspiration for these cute little characters came from my two year old daughter. I wanted to create a series of prints for her room, something fun and colourful. One of her very first words was balloon so I wanted to incorporate these into the images plus they would add the pops of colour I had imagined. She also already has a love of animals.
These prints were created in a few different stages, first the pencil drawings, then ink drawings, creating the digital balloon images, scanning the ink drawings and putting all the pieces together. The first was the bunny and balloons, I felt immense enjoyment creating him that I went on the draw the mouse, then the elephant and finally the squirrel!!
This is something I have never attempted before and it was so freeing to just let go and have some fun exploring!! But rather addictive as now I think I need to add a few more little cuties to the collection may a baby bear, puppy, kitten …… :-)
First Sculpture near completion, again! April 04 2015
I have been a bit slow with the updates this year as most of my focus has been on sculpting Zabeel version II!! He is now complete and is off up to the foundry next week. This is very exciting and rewarding after the first sculpture was damaged beyond repair.
I have had some time to reflect on the past few years, here is a short snippet of my journey to date:
In September 2011, I was a CFO living in New Zealand. Even though I was very good at what I did, my heart was not truly in it. In November, I finally decided to step up and take massive action. I grabbed hold of my dream to become an artist, moved to Ireland and transformed my life. I had the courage to spread my wings and soar out of my comfort zone, and now its starting to PAY OFF. It may have taken a few years but my dreams are coming true! I work hard and put so much blood, sweat and tears into my artwork & sculptures. My Zabeel sculpture is now complete, I have received the thumbs up from Sir Patrick Hogan and start the bonze casting process next week!!
I am sharing myself with the world and I am so grateful for every second of it!! Even if only for a fraction of a second, the chords that hold me to this earth are cut and I can spread my wings and fly. Thank you for allowing me to share my success and struggles with you all! Its moments like this that make me want to jump up and down and say YES!
"Don't worry about hard times, because some of the most beautiful things we have in life come from changes or mistakes".
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