Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find a selection of my past and present bodies of work, my CV/biography, art background and contact details.
I paint the world I see around me. My work is primarily influenced by the landscape and the beauty, shapes, subtleties, simplicities and complexities within that landscape. I work abstractly utilising collage and impastoed areas with oils, acrylics and mixed media to produce bold works on canvas, board and paper.Working intuitively, I rely on shape and colour to interpret my feelings for the landscape from both an aerial perspective and close up.
Picasso once said, "The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web".
Lichen on rocks, tree bark, cracks in road surfaces, pebbles, stones, rock pools, the patterning on rock faces & ocean rock ledges -- these are just a few of the many sights that personally inspire me.
Being an artist is about decision making - finding a way to express oneself. I find Abstraction gives me that freedom, and although frustrating at times, it is my chosen visual language! I am happy for viewers to interpret, and see whatever they wish in my paintings, be it colour, shape, composition -- and am also pleased for viewers to find a little ambiguity in my work.
My work grows from a process of extensive experimentation as I attempt to break the subject matter down to the sheer essence of what I experience and see around me, rather than a literal interpretation of the subject matter.
I have lived and travelled extensively overseas and within Australia, and these travels have strongly influenced my work. As mentioned, I am drawn towards rock formations and stone in its natural form but I also have a long-held interest in ancient civilizations and stone manipulated by man - stone ruins, standing stones and burial chambers (long barrows) - many of which are found in Europe, also inform my paintings.
I enjoy music generally, but am an "aficionado" of modern jazz and I feel that its loose improvisation and spontaneity also influence my art practice. Music always accompanies my studio work and I like to experiment with techniques as a jazz musician experiments and improvises with sounds and chords. I feel my artwork and my love of contemporary jazz have a joint affinity and complement each other.
Below are some inspirational thoughts by artists that resonate with my art practice:
"I think painting today is pure intuition and luck, and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down." Francis Bacon (1907-1992)
"I begin with an idea and it becomes something else." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
"In painting you have to destroy something you are quite pleased with in order to get something better. Of course it's a risk ..." Graham Sutherland (1903-1980)