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Gidday from Tasmania!

In 1991 I decided to try to portray the Tasmanian Devil a bit more realistically than it had generally been depicted in the past. "Taz", the Warner Brothers characterization over-exaggerated aspects of the Devil, making it too fanciful and far removed from the real animal. This spinning tornado influenced the Devil logo used by Tourism Tasmania for many years to promote our island state. To look at Bugs Bunny or Daffty Duck it is obvious what creature is being represented, but not so with "Taz".

I was involved with a major Tasmanian Wildlife Park, where Devils were exhibited in large enclosures making viewing these unique creatures possible. I studied the Devils, realised they didn't run around with their mouths wide open all the time, did some drawings and came up with what I thought was a more realistic and friendly…

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  • Born on October 21
  • Joined January 10, 2012

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clay, slip, wax resist, oxides, coloured clay, photographs, pencils, pastels, acrylics, oils, watercolours, charcoal

About

Gidday from Tasmania!

In 1991 I decided to try to portray the Tasmanian Devil a bit more realistically than it had generally been depicted in the past. "Taz", the Warner Brothers characterization over-exaggerated aspects of the Devil, making it too fanciful and far removed from the real animal. This spinning tornado influenced the Devil logo used by Tourism Tasmania for many years to promote our island state. To look at Bugs Bunny or Daffty Duck it is obvious what creature is being represented, but not so with "Taz".

I was involved with a major Tasmanian Wildlife Park, where Devils were exhibited in large enclosures making viewing these unique creatures possible. I studied the Devils, realised they didn't run around with their mouths wide open all the time, did some drawings and came up with what I thought was a more realistic and friendly representation.

Yes they do have a very wide gape, but their head and body shape is also very interesting, quite unlike any other animal. Most depictions concentrated on the jaw and teeth, with the rest of the animal looking nothing like the real thing. I had also been privileged to hold and feed baby Tasmanian Devils and they are so cute.

From there the ceramic range grew to just 6 animals, with a couple of others not making the grade. Then the Devil's were discovered to have developed a contagious facial cancer, thought to have originated from an extremely toxic chemical spill in one of our National Parks! This disease has decimated the population by approximately 80%, resulting in the Tasmanian Devil now being listed as an endangered species.

A lot of people, scientists, wildlife parks, conservationists, and everyday citizens have worked tirelessly over the past 15 years trying to discover how to treat the disease, tracking wild populations, creating an insurance population and raising money to help save the closest relative to our already extinct Thylacine.

A donation from the sale of each animal goes towards this effort.

I currently supply about 20 outlets around Tasmania and would like to secure some Australian mainland outlets. The animals are available at wholesale cost to any prospective proprietors. Please contact me if you are interested.

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