These selected works have been chosen to represent the type of work I do, and are in the media of Oil and Watercolour and include work while in Italy in 2016 and 2017, Central Australia in 2018 as well as from Tasmanian locations.
Watercolour works are all professionally framed and are on Arches 300 gsm or heavier cold pressed watercolour paper.
Oil paintings are on canvas, wood panel or aluminium panel.
Living on an Island, it is probably only natural that I have chosen as a theme to explore “Edges” – not just the edges where land meets water, but also the edges of the day, light and dark, inside and outside……….
Although I am now including a more broader view in my work, much of my work is narrative , and I am continuing to include figures in most of my paintings, as I believe that they give meaning and scale to the environment.
Antarctic research and supply vessel at Hobart Wharf. This is a familiar sight on the Hobart waterfront, yet I was surprised at the scale of the ship when compared to the waterfront buildings – It loomed over the dock and dominated both sea and sky. I chose this view for the geometric arrangement of elements – almost exactly as I first saw them.
The painting above depicts a warm Autumn morning on the shore of the Derwent River, where nothing is moving, and everywhere is the sense of waiting.
Another morning on the Derwent
Here I am exploring a number of connected edges – light to dark, inside to out….edge of the day (morning)… after a storm…I intended this painting to include a higher level of detail and so chose to paint onto aluminium panel
Royal Palace Milan -
I decided to use this painting as an opportunity to explore complexity. Still exploring the theme of edges/transitions while incorporating two models into a very complex landscape. The cliffs are based on Conningham (though somewhat altered to be more angular) and the atmosphere my own creation. I always enjoyed the drama of stormy skies with the foreground illuminated in bright sunshine. This painting was realised over about 4 months, and included lots of adjustment to balance light and form.
WATER COLOUR PAINTING
FIGURES AND LANDSCAPE
Works are generally A3 or A2 sizes
The following paintings are located around a suburban cliff. The stone is sandstone and is highly but regularly fractured, and as it is eroded it separates into blocks before being weathered into sculptural form. This has lead to emphasising the sculptural form of the figures
The two following paintings are the preliminary studies for later oil paintings, but I am happy with them in their own right.
MARITIME SUBJECTS 2018
Bowen Northern Queensland – commercial fishing marina
Brielle, Netherlands. From sketches and photos during travels in 2017
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA 2018
The following paintings result from a period spent in Central Australia. The paintings were painted on site, or were later completed from on site paintings and photographs.
Todd River, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Telegraph Station, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Simpsons Gap, Northern Territory
AUSTRALIA’S TOP END 2019
The following paintings result from a period spent in Australia’s top End – from Kakadu to Kununurra. These paintings were all painted on site.
Litchfield National Park NT. Greenant Creek
Kakadu National Park NT
Mirima National park, near Kununurra WA
TRAVELLING AROUND NORTHERN ITALY 2017
The following paintings result from a period spent in Northern Italy in 2017. Centered around the Cinque Terre on the North West coast, and later in the Veneto region centred on Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa. The paintings were painted on site, or were later worked up from on site sketches and photographs. This time the works include sketchbook ink and watercolour sketches, some of which may later be worked up into larger watercolour paintings
Bassano del Grappa. Located beneath the Italian Alps in Norther Italy. Bassano is built around the river Brenta.
Amsterdam in the early morning as I was leaving for Italy.
SKETCHBOOK INK AND WATERCOLOUR WORKS
A number of times, for reasons of practicality, I swapped my easel for a sketchbook. These sketches are all A5 size, and some may be worked up into future paintings, while others may be sold as limited edition prints. (Yet to be explored)
TRAVELING AROUND NORTHERN ITALY 2016
The following paintings result from a period spent in Northern Italy in 2016. Centered around the three lakes : Maggiore; Como and Garda, and in a small town called Bassano Del Grappa. The paintings were painted on site, or were later worked up from on site sketches and photographs.