I’m an artist based in Sydney working predominantly in painting and drawing but also love to lend my hand to a range of other creative outlets and collaborations.
I was so excited to have the first of the beautiful McTavish longboards arrive at my doorstep so needless to say I didn't waste any time before attacking it with a lick of paint and splashing some of my art onto it.
My work takes a variety of forms but in recent years I have been heavily influenced by a dreamlike dessert landscape, imagery of retro Americana and an imagined folklore of the West. These themes naturally made their way into my artwork for the board. There is also a real throwback to traditional tattoo art seen in the flash card style imagery.
I painted the board in Bondi, then packed it up for a road trip to the McTavish HQ and factory in Byron Bay. The trip wasn’t a particularly quick one… I had managed to wrangle my good friend, talented filmmaker and all-round creative cat Sam Brumby to come along for the ride. We cruised up the coast making stops along the way for a surf or two and an overnight camp out, eventually making it to Byron Bay already covered in salt and sand.
I spent the most part of a week hanging out in Byron, ducking in and out of the factory watching eagerly as the board was glassed and finished. It was such a buzz to learn more about this side of things and to witness the craftsmanship that goes into each board.
After some fun paint splashing and coastal meandering and with the finishing touches from the talented craftsmen at the Byron factory the McTavish x Lauren Webster board was complete and ready to hit the water.
Thanks must go to Sam for looking on patiently as I painted the board and then braved the road trip with me to create his beautiful short film about the collaboration.
A huge thank you also to the McTavish gang for making me feel so welcome and allowing me the opportunity to share my art and work with them on the board. I had a blast and can’t wait to get my paint covered hands on the next one!