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Kangaroo Island SA
Enjoying the freedom of being a full time practicing artist on an island rich in inspiration, challenges and solitude.
My artwork is focused on how the natural environment has changed since the Holocene.
Science and art do mix. In the 70’s, I worked and studied on the Great Barrier Reef as a post grad student and taxonomist. In those days we drew our own studies with the old rapidograph pens and endless journals. Through my many field trips around the world in those days and now living on Kangaroo Island, I use the stories and behaviours of animals and the landscape reflected in my journeys through my artwork. I am also concerned with rapid change on the island, for the sake of tourism dollars and how this can be reflected from the Holocene to the now, Anthropocene epoch.
Birds, reptiles, insects, mammals all have the most remarkable patterns to attract prey, reproduce and camouflage themselves. I use these beautiful patterns against a landscaped background to create conflict.
My other passion is doing realist drawings of animals and animal portraits.
I would consider myself a neo expressionistic artist. I love mark making and enjoy experimenting with different mediums. I use the best art materials in my work. I have worked for 6 years as a part time artist, and recently retired to follow my driving need to create.
Surrounded by nature, inspiration is never a problem.