In 1986 I completed a Fine Art Degree at R.M.I.T. Melbourne in painting, drawing and print making, and since then have focused on using painting and drawing media, and particularly on works on paper. Nature has been the major inspiration for these artworks, along with a range of artistic and personal influences and experiences through travels here and abroad
These Artworks are created from observation of the subject and through intuitive, emotional responses as the compositions progress, evoking a sense of discovery and renewed visual understanding of the subject described. The variations of surface layers, textures and transparencies, although abstract pieces of mark making, come together to form and describe the subject. Whether it be a landscape, still-life, or figure, each subject is a vehicle for looking into the processes of formation, evolution and dissipation, there-by describing a state beyond a fixed or solid expression of nature. The still-life objects are also chosen for their simple timeless appearance and universal recognition.
Tasmania’s coastal and mountainous landscapes have been a continuing source of visual inspiration for describing form and space, along with arid, mountain, and coastal landscapes in other parts of Australia and overseas.
Significant personal and artistic inspiration has come from a wide range of cultural experiences gained during extensive travels and opportunities to live and work in Asia, Europe, North Africa and Latin America. These include their art, architecture, cultural and religious practices. For instance, the designs and structures influenced by Persian and Indian Mystic Islam which conveys a sense of the infinite, immensity of the universe with a sublime cosmology in its’ complete form and intricate, atomic-like parts. Also, the philosophical views on natures’ impermanence held by Hindu and Buddhist cultures, such as its’ cycle of order and entropy, forming or coming into being, then dissolving or dissipating into chaos.
The work of several Artists has contributed to the development of my visual language, especially that of William Turner, Paul Cezanne and Pierre Bonnard which have influenced the building of volumes, spaces and the use of colour temperature and tone to suggest the presence of the subject. The meditative stillness and metaphysical qualities I find in the work of Alberto Giacometti, Giorgio Morandi, and Mark Rothko have been key influences. I have drawn inspiration from various aspects in the approach to landscape, still-life and processes towards abstraction in the work of Australian Artists including Ian Fairweather, Fred Williams, Godfrey Miller and Roger Kemp.
Ultimately, these artworks endeavour to be a process and expression of visual poetry and to express and to connect with the world around us. As with other forms of art such as music, poetry, or dance, visual art forms, in particular drawing and painting, are ancient forms of language which humans have used to express the world around them for thousands of years. There-fore, I find the need for originality becomes irrelevant, and the focus is on a unique personal perspective and artistic journey built on our heritage, accumulated life experiences and world view.