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I am a self taught artist, painting since I was little. I grew up in Hobart and now live on the Gold Coast painting full-time. I won Best Acrylic in the 2015 Brisbane Rotary Spectacular and since then have produced and sold many works through galleries and online.
My process often starts with asking myself ‘where would I like to be today?’ It’s usually a wide open space that I want to be in, and I can have a look around to see what’s there. Not necessarily what’s expected, but what I would like to see there. The idea usually unfolds as I go, the placing of one object determines the next, guided by an overall mood and colour scheme that I have decided on. The imagery I use is drawn from personal experience, from childhood memories right through to current observations and everyday life. In the landscape format, I can surround myself with things I find interesting and leave out all the clutter that would probably be there in real life.
I start with the darkest tones and move forward to the lightest, highlighting little ordinary details along the way. Depicting ordinary detailed object against vast spaces of nothing, is what I find most fascinating. So the finished piece is something that is familiar but at the same time a little unusual. It’s not quite what we see everyday, but its always where I’d like to be. Most of my larger works take many weeks to complete as I construct each one from scratch – the perspective, the scale, the light source and shadows, ending in a unique, ‘one off’ original work of art with my distinctive style.