Born in Stanthorpe Queensland, Lindsay’s fondest memories of childhood are of exploring the natural environment of the beautiful high country which is the Granite Belt. The abundant flora and fauna of places like Girraween National Park are deeply etched in his mind.
Lindsay has become known as the “Frog Man”. Even though his work comprises many and varied subject matter, Lindsay is happy to concede his charismatic frogs have endeared themselves so much to so many people that he accepts the “Frog Man” as a compliment. Each of Lindsay’s creations is unique. While he is careful to ensure that his creatures are anatomically correct, Lindsay recognises that ‘there is a big difference between creating something that is lifelike and bringing it to life’. Often he says the secret is in capturing the right posture, and the relationships between the creatures as they co-exist in their special environment. Working in three dimensions helps him to achieve this.
When creating a new piece Lindsay will start with the clay making the background, then gradually build up the scene with branches, vines, leaves, etc. The creatures are then nestled carefully into place, taking advantage of hollows and textures that emerge as the clay is worked. The pieces are coloured with underglazes, and then kiln-fired to 11000C. This gives his sculptures a permanent vibrant finish that brings the piece to life.