Tinker’s work carries a unique style stretching across many genres. Tinker sets out to convey important meanings and interpretations of  human existence, human equality and issues of racism, whilst encompassing the triumphs and hardships along the way.

Tinker has a particular passion towards Indigenous issues and is currently studying a Masters of Indigenous Education.


  • Graphic Design Diploma-25 years experience as an Illustrator and Designer
  • Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sculpture -metal and timber engineering.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education -10 years teaching in Secondary High Schools.
  • Bachelor of Indigenous Studies degree majoring in Trauma and Healing.                                                  sadies disenchantment

Sadie’s Disenchantment’    Oil on canvas

boat people 2

Sculpture ‘Boat People’  was constructed in memory of the plight that remains to continue, with refugees globally in need of protection.

Solo and International Shows

Tinker has also exhibited works in the Tokyo Big Site and the Australian Embassy, Japan. ALso three solo shows on the Far North Coast of NSW and surrounding areas of Byron Bay Australia – 1. ‘Transference’,  2. ‘Tinkering in Metal’ and 3. ‘Between The Sea and Me’.

Honu Green Turtle by Tinker 12PC  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

‘Honu Green Sea Turtle’                  “I Dreamt I was Hawaiian”

Exhibited in:” Between the Sea and Me” at Northern Rivers Community Gallery and       The Byron Bay Surf Festival 2012.

Exhibitions and Awards

1991 North Coast Art Show, Byron Bay

1992 North Coast Art Show, Byron Bay

1993 Easter Art Classic, Byron Bay, Tweed Valley Art Prize, Murwillumbah, Epicentre – North Coast Art Show, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby Arts Gallery, University of New England N.R. Art Museum

1994 Easter Art Classic, Byron Bay Epicentre Art Gallery, Byron Bay, Postcards Exhibition – ABC Studios Gallery, Ultimo, & Regional NSW, Tweed Valley Art Prize, Southern Cross University Art Museum, Lismore

1995  Easter Art Classic, Byron Bay

1996 Trinity Art Prize, Lismore July Chocolate Factory Gallery, Lismore, Lulu’s Café, Mullumbimby (first solo), Wilson’s Creek Sculpture Exhibition International Women’s Day Exhibition, Byron Bay Orient Restaurant, Byron Bay (solo) Groundswell, Epicentre, Byron Bay,Trinity Art Prize, Lismore, Kicking Arts, Byron Artisans, Byron Bay

1997 Exhibited Dream Boat at Women’s Festival, Mullumbimby and The Colour of Postkunst The Dancer Lothar Trott – Mail Art Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland.

1998 Artists Toy Exhibition – Invitational Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah
Apr Echo Easter Art Classic, Byron Bay. Oct Seasons of Women 3, Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay

1999 Invitational Artists Toys Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery

2000 Smalls Exhibition, Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay. Chocolate Factory, Southern Cross University Sculpture Exhibition, St John’s Photographic Exhibition, Mullumbimby

2001 Talls Exhibition, Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay and 6th Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show

2002 Sculpture commission Bic Sports France & exhibitions locally

2003 Won Reconciliation Bundjalung Art Award with Sean Kay for contemporary surfboard furniture, airbrushing designs on surfboards and developing furniture for export. CPC Photographic exhibitions.

Bundjalung art Award2004 Exhibited in 3 Tokyo Exhibitions at The Tokyo Big Site and Australian Embassy.

2005   Artscape Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct 50 International and Australian sculptors exhibit in the inaugural ‘sculpture by the sea’ type exhibit for Byron Bay.

2006  -2008 Continued Art practice

2009 Group show Port Macquarie Glass House, Next Art Gallery SCU Lismore

2010-11 Retrospective Galleries and Gold Coast Surf Museum

2012  Solo show “Between the Sea and Me” and Exhibited at Byron Bay Surf Festival & Cape Byron Rudolf  Steiner School Spring Fair

2013 Teaching art within an Indigenous Programme and curating exhibitions

2014 – 2016  continued art practice

other related  information

1985-1988 Designed resort wear graphics and crewed on Yachts in Whitsunday islands

1988 Illustrated book  ‘Last Islands’ History of The Whitsunday Islands by John Bates