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I'm an emerging artist focused on abstract expressionist gestural painting, so far I'm self taught with a keen interest in art history and technique. In 2019 I start a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in painting.

I paint, research, learn and experiment every day - there's a lot of work that misses the mark and I continue to refine my practice to get it right - for me. At the end of 2018 I removed a lot of work that no longer represents me as an artist - they have not sold and are considered to be works that make up my background, but not worthy for market.

For me, the 'painting' - the resultant artwork - represents my process and psychological state at the time of the works creation - they are inseparable. Harold Rosenberg's essay 'The American Action Painters' and the abstract expressionist painters and beyond resonates with me in that the finished product is not the entirety of the art that is received by the audience - it's the act of creation itself that the work bears witness - and this era gave artists permission to do this, to paint what cannot be painted - thoughts, feelings and emotions.

An artist need not reproduce an image recognisable to the public - however i struggle with my art to produce work that has meaning for me, and possesses something that can draw in the viewer.

I paint pictures that tremble with anxiety... the challenge for me is to produce works with scale, that mean something and deliver an emotional response . I paint every day, and through this constant daily work I hope to produce something of significance - something with scale and impact.

The New York school Abstract Expressionists and the minimalist movement from the mid 1940's to the 1970's and up to the contemporary period have greatly influenced my development and forms the basis of my current work. I generally use oil paint on commercially sourced stretched canvas unless stated otherwise. I'm a purist, preferring to use paint straight from the tube with little mixing and maybe some linseed oil to thin at times.
I'm always looking at art - sometimes the influences are obvious - sometimes not - but I hope to develop a clearly unique style that I can call my own, and this is something that can only be done over the long term.

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Education

Self taught artist
2019 - Commencing Bachelor of Creative Arts - USQ
2003 - Master of Strategic Affairs - ANU
2001 - Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology) - JCU

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions:

2018 - 'In the Studio: Art by MoMA’s Online Learning Community' - Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - New York
2018 - 'Artists of the North' - Tanks Art Centre - Cairns
2018 - Mission to Seafarers Art Prize - Finalist
2018 - Australian National Veterans Art Museum Commission for 2019 March to Art Exhibition and permanent museum collection.
2018 - Cairns Art Society Annual Exhibition - Finalist

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Influences

New York School Abstract Expressionism including Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Hedda Stern, Robert Motherwell, Robert Ryman - and all the rest!
Contemporary influences include Brian Rutenberg, Gunther Ludwig, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhardt Richter, Callum Innes to name a few.
I'm always looking for new or innovative works from new and old artists from all styles - sometimes the influence creeps into my work more than others.

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Oil Paint
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