These illustrations depict a variety of artefacts collected in Papua New Guinea and Kenya by the intrepid explorer and art collector, Senta Taft-Hendry.
Artefacts of the Ancient Near East
These artefacts were created in the Southern Levant during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods (c 6000 - 4000 BC). They were produced to illustrate my PhD thesis which focused on this region/period.
Artworks inspired by Jordan
Every second year I volunteer as an illustrator on an archaeological dig in Jordan at a site called Pella. These artworks have been inspired by my journeys through Jordan - which is such a fascinating and surprisingly beautiful country.
This series of illustrations were produced from Awabakal artefacts held at the University of Newcastle, Australia. When I first started to draw them I thought they were a bit bland and it wasn't until I spent time touching, observing and drawing each individual mark that I grew to appreciate the story behind each piece.
These cicadas were produced for an exhibition titled: 'Eros and eloquence; autochthony and enlightenment'. It was inspired by the many references to cicadas in ancient Greek literature. The emerging cicada is called 'Autochthony' representing the Greeks' view that they, like the cicadas, had also 'sprung from the earth'. The mating cicadas are called 'The winged lovers' and they were inspired by Plato's account of the cicadas in 'The Phaedrus'. The open-winged cicada is called 'Eloquence' and this painting was also inspired by Plato, who used the cicada's striking song to illustrate the concept of eloquent discussion, which he saw as a means to attain knowledge and a love of learning. The cicada shell was inspired by Thucydides who recorded that the people of Athens wore gold cicadas in their hair because they were emblematic of their autochthony, demonstrating their undeniable right to the land. The graphic cicada is titled 'The winged-soul of enlightenment' and this drawing was also inspired by the writings of Plato, who used cicadas to illustrate the concept of transformation and reincarnation.
Every now and then I'm asked to produce simple line drawings for publication. This is a selection of some of the ones I've created over the years
I spent many hours hovering over the microscope to produce these scientific studies of Australia's iconic Moreton Bay Fig
I was asked to do an archival record of the aboriginal paintings at Snake Rock, near Peak Hill in NSW. It was a fun challenge that I enjoyed very much (except for the snakes)
Here are a couple of images that I produced just for fun. I did the linocut fern print while camping up at Barrington Tops.