The Great Barrier Reef Series was inevitable.

Whenever I can sneak a holiday, I love to dive with the fish and coral and be in their world for a little while. I like to sit on the bottom and be very still and just observe the passing parade. It is a fascinating place to be and I find it invigorates my soul. Watching the clown fish weaving in and out of the flowing anemones, the colours of the coral and the way everything interacts effortless with each other.
I started testing this series in 1999. We had no reference to go off, and because I was using hot on hot technique we had a lot of heartaches, tears and major financial costs involved to perfect it. With steadfast perseverance we nailed the process and this is my most acclaimed series. I perfected the process just in time for Raglan Gallery to take my Great Barrier Reef to SOFA. I represented Australia at SOFA, Chicago, USA in 2001 and it is still one of my proudest moments. It takes my whole team of 4 to pull these off over several non stop hours. My right hand man - Matty, used to be a professional fisherman and he is great at doing the fish. We weave the sea life parts into the glass, building up the layers a bit at a time, repetitively going in an out of the furnace every 15 seconds over how ever many hours needed.
It is a highly taxing and mentally demanding time because as it build's up it gets heavier, the error for mistakes increases and we have to keep swapping gaffers around as arms get tired.
I evaluate them as I make them and add a touch here, another coral or fish piece or a tweak there and when I think that piece is finished and I am happy with it, they are put in the annealing kiln for 2 days.
It is always exciting and with held breath that the kiln door is opened when cold, and you see the finished result.
The Great Barrier Reef Series are about the wonder of the underwater world and how it transforms and mesmerizes me. I work purely from my memory without photo's and wish to impart to the viewer a window of life into a watery world.