The environment, volunteering and art wonderfully combine when it comes to the multi-skilled Brock Templeman.
Brock is an artist and a volunteer for Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C). He’s one of the artists who will have work showcased and for sale on Saturday 7th March at the “In Their Hands” art show.
Visitors to the B4C Sustainability Centre at Carindale can instantly see Brock’s influence around the building and gardens – from the practical and functional to the aesthetically pleasing. The sculpture next to the water feature and his work on the chookhouse are just some of the ways he leaves his much appreciated mark on the centre.
Brock retired a few years early from a cabinetmaking business in 2008.
“After a few months of doing odd jobs for the family I found B4C on a volunteering website,” Brock says.
“They were handy to where I live and my interest in gardening and the environment got me involved.”
This is his 7th year at B4C.
“I enjoy doing woodworking tasks when they come along, but I am happy to be kept busy with any job.”
B4C catchment manager Wayne Cameron praised the role that Brock plays at the centre. He says Brock’s carpentry and joinery skills have helped develop the community facilities there.
“Excellent chicken pens top of his work and his loyalty is second to none,” Wayne says.
“In my next life I want to be as capable as Brock and make things and fix things.”
Brock’s interest in art started when he was a little boy.
“My mother was a better than average watercolourist and encouraged me to draw,” Brock says.
During his working life he lacked the time to pursue art. But following retirement he has taken it up as a hobby.
“My son also embraced art from an early age but, unlike me, he has followed his dream and has created many significant sculptural works around Brisbane and elsewhere.”
“I have always been inspired by the classics of Maillol and Rodin but also admire modern art. Modigliani is my favourite painter.”
Brock will have two beautiful sculptures on show (and for sale) at the “In Their Hands” art show.
What: “In Their Hands” art show – over 40 artists – one night only!
When: Saturday 7th. 6pm, viewing from 1pm
Where: Sustainability Centre, cnr Old Cleveland Rd & Wright St, Carindale
From the sale of artworks, 80% goes direct to the artist and 20% goes direct to the Bulimba Creek Catchment Environmental Fund.