My art journey has been a rather meandering, serendipitous, curiosity fuelled questing. The journey has spanned four decades, three continents and many countries.
I have always been interested in art. As a child I longed to see my crayoned Spanish Galleon hung on the classroom wall. As an adult I became fascinated by the elemental properties of clay and fire, and I practised as a studio potter for many years. All the time I was sampling the visual arts, mostly as an inveterate gallery 'groupie' in different corners of the world and sometimes as a consumer, arranging swaps, pots for paintings or drawings. In more recent years I commenced my own painting journey.
As with ceramics, I have no formal art training although I have attended several workshops by well known Australian artists. One significant influence has been D'hange Yammenee, who strove hard to teach me about 'tonalism'. I am eternally grateful to D'hange for his instruction and I now claim to be a 'tonalist' as it does inform my approach whatever the subject I attempt to capture on canvas. Tone is light, light is tone; clay and fire define form for the potter, while light is the heart of my paintings. Other influences are Cezanne, Stretton and Roberts.
The art journey, whether as a lover of artistic expression in its many forms or as a practictioner, is a life-long journey. I'm long on years lived but, excitingly for me, my painting journey is young and vital. I work in oils as I love the unctuous, liquid flow of oil paint.
My work has not been widely exhibited. However, I am gradually building a more intimate group of art lovers/consumers. They hang my work because they like, preferably love, the work. I have paintings in private collections in several countries. Subject matter is varied and includes land and seascapes, portraiture and figure studies. My paintings are impressionistic tonal studies. I also want the images to suggest a visual story. I want to engage the viewer's imagination as well as aesthetic appreciation.
I 'sign' my paintings with the letter 'S' and a stick figure, enclosed in a square. This image is my potter's seal. I use it to sign my paintings because it represents a continuation of an artistic journey.