I was born and raised on a station in outback Queensland and always appreciated the natural beauty of the horses and cattle that surrounded me. Learning the art of bronze sculptures enables me to create a vision that combines the life of horses and cattle and of the station work that I love into a lasting monument that celebrates all things important to me.As a child I always loved the look and feel of bronze. It promotes a feeling of the old and the authentic, so when a chance meeting with Eddie Hackman’s daughter happened during my teens, I was inspired to this form of art. She suggested I write to Eddie to explore the possibility of learning his craft. So a couple of years later I did write to Eddie and his enthusiasm was infectious.
In 1995, I had a month with Eddie working in his factory outside Rockhampton in exchange for learning about the bronze sculpture process. Eddie was meticulous about attention to detail and this is evident in making the creations so life like. Early in my training he encouraged me to draw the subject piece by piece before attempting the sculpture to increase my attention to detail. I would draw the eye of the horse and then I would draw a hock etc. This was a major part of recreating the individuality of the pieces as it taught me how much detail was required to achieve reality.
[Read more about Eddie in an article entitled The Master of Bronze. Written by Sue Neales, Outback Magazine.]