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 Australian kangaroo sculpture, Curious Kangaroo, stems from my days working as a builder.
In Australia, seeing kangaroos can be an everyday occurence.
I found I saw them a lot working on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, particularly in this type of stance.
To me, this is a pose of curiosity.
If you look closely, you will see the Curious Roo’s ears are facing different directions.
Kangaroos have excellent hearing.
They also have the ability to move their ears independently of each other.
This 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, loved by people the world over.
I believe this is the reason 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.
I took home first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
I also received the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.
An Australian kangaroo sculpture would make a fun and quirky addition to any backyard or large property.
It would be a unique drawcard to businesses such as hotels and resorts, wineries, golf courses and zoos or wildlife parks.