Tallai, Gold Coast
Some artists live in one part of the Universe of Art and explore a theme or themes. I am passionate about colour and texture, and strongly attracted to exploring different mediums, across the whole Universe of Art. Currently working mostly with Epoxy Resin and Acrylic Pour. I also have many works in Encaustic, oil and enjoy realistic drawing with charcoal.
I love learning new techniques, testing, experimenting, and being adventurous with materials. The process of learning the characteristics of the materials, paints and how each colours interact, what chemicals will intermingle with the paints to give a certain look, what materials to use as a base. I am still learning.
I have been painting for 40+ years, and have, in the past, produced many works in representational, or realist style. I attended University at La Trobe University, Bendigo from 1992 to 1996 as a mature age student. During my final years at Uni, I started exploring colour and texture, and this exploration has considerably changed my style of painting.
At Uni, my inspiration and fascination with discarded constructs of human manufacture began with farm machinery and developed into a series on weathered shipwrecks, providing an understanding of the past and our cultural heritage. They teach how the environment and human error can destroy or damage each other, and provide a record of our past. This culminated in a series called “The Last Fleet”, which was exhibited in the Gold Coast City Gallery. The works in this series incorporated my love of realism with my growing fascination with abstraction. The two mediums used in this series were Encaustic and Oil. My favourite two paintings in this series are my two Anchor paintings.
Recently I have concentrated more on abstraction. The two mediums I am currently using for this exploration are Epoxy Resin and Acrylic Pour. I may begin to introduce some realistic elements into my abstract works in my future direction.
With Resin, I love the extraordinary vivid colours, the freedom and spontaneity that can be achieved, and the ability to work in layers. Similarly, Acrylic Pour feeds my fascination with producing artwork where I don’t have complete control, and these may be where I will begin my combination of adding realistic elements back into my work. I continue to explore and grow.
I conduct Resin and Acrylic Pour workshops in my air conditioned studio in Tallai/Mudgeeraba, in the Gold Coast for from 1 to a group of 5 students.
I have a BA Hons Degree (Fine Art), Grad Dip Ed, and a Grad Cert Museum Studies.