Award builds artist?s profile
RESERVED and nonchalant about the popularity currently surrounding his work is Fingal artist Garth Lena.
Mr Lena recently won the 2005 National Parks and Wildlife Sculpture Award and his work has been accepted into the 22nd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards held in Darwin - the premier art award for indigenous work.
Yet he is quiet and unassuming when talking about his success.
Mr Lena studied at Kingscliff TAFE where he completed an Aboriginal Fine Arts course and went on to develop his skills further.
"It's important to share our culture and ensure it continues to be passed on," he said.
"I don't really set out to create a particular legend, it just comes to me when I'm working with the wood."
The Black Dog of Fingal is a burnt black sheoak sculpture which represents coastal dingoes which were black.
"Their spirit lives on as the devil dogs in the Fingal caves, and devil dogs keep you in line," Mr Lena said.
Mr Lena currently has pieces on display at the Tweed River Art Gallery as part of the Three Brothers exhibit and pieces in the Fingal Sheoak Shack Gallery.