My artworks are all about pattern. I might notice a particular leaf, shell or observed arrangement and use that as a catalyst to commence a work. The initial exploration will eventually simplify itself into a motif which is a distilled or reflected version of the original. The rhythm and colours in the work help tell a story relating to the original idea.
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Rhythm, proportion and the interplay of form and colour in an abstract context are drivers for my work along with the pleasure of investigation and play involved in creating a new artwork. These factors are knitted together in pattern which distills an element to its essence and relates it to other elements of the work until a harmonious whole is arrived at, hopefully with a clear voice or meaning.
The forms and rhythms found in Architecture as well as those found in Nature continually inspire and inform providing a wealth of functional forms, patterns and colours to work with while offering a connection to the physical world we live in.
I generally work in acrylic and sometimes oils for larger works whereas I use gouache for smaller works on paper.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NAS Sydney and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Newcastle University. My architecture studies have helped clarify my fine arts process.
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