I have resided with my family in Eltham for over 40 years. Even though we moved house a few times during this period, we kept our search within Nillumbik because we loved the feel of the area. Each move meant finding the perfect rural property to cater for our changing needs as a family. Connecting with nature has always been paramount, especially for myself as an artist, which made Eltham the natural choice.
My instinctive eye for detail, and the creative inspirations that constantly presented themselves on a daily basis meant that a creative vocation was a natural choice for me. Developing a passion for painting through the encouragement, guidance and mentoring of some well-known artists over a number of years enabled me to find the fulfillment and sense of freedom I was searching for.
Always drawn to organic textures, colours and shapes that exude a natural palette, but also possess uncluttered, clean simple lines, has continuously influenced my approach to painting. Whether it’s with my abstract paintings where I incorporate these elements to convey something in a more fluid and loose style or my other painting methods where we find ourselves taking in a more recognisable image, I find these influences are constantly present.
With my realist oil paintings, my intention is to encourage others to notice the beauty that surrounds them. I find myself magnifying the scale, which in turn demands a physical interaction with the painting, with moments of working intimately with the surface, broken by moments of assessing the progress from a distance, making the larger-than-life images hard to ignore, adding impact to the space in which they reside.
This all takes place in my studio which is surrounded by nature. I love the solitude this space offers me. The stillness and calm, often in direct contrast to my constantly creative mind, enables me to relax into my work where time becomes irrelevant and my day begins.
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