The artist whose sales are 'adoptions'
Seeded from his ancestral home of England,
These signature designs come to life after a meticulous, painstaking process, something
He spends countless hours on each artwork, working in three phases until each one is executed perfectly. Among the most crucial elements are colour composition, balance and placement.
Most of his animals take 150 to 250 hours to complete but his latest conception, an elephant known as Winston took about 695 hours.
“I guess this a similar process to what many parents go through. These guys and girls are like my babies. It’s critical the right name goes to the right animal,” he says.
Take Winston for example, a striking individual, a young Asian Elephant of the most peculiar sorts. Winston has the remarkable ability never to forget. Therefore, he is ideal for those of forgetful sorts. He is destined to be a powerful leader, but for now, he is looking for a new home as he is growing too big for his current location.
Once home, the chosen piece will become an integral part of the family.
What keeps him going is knowing that every time one of his animals is adopted, he feels privileged.
“It is amazing to know that my beloved animal is going to a loving owner and new home,”
A visit to the gallery is a must do. Follow the cobblestones through The Rocks to Playfair Street, where you will find a three storey white cottage which was once the residence of a colonial worker in 1877. This quirky building is now home to the first animal sanctuary located between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.