I'm am artist fascinated by abstract painting. colour and surface. I work across a variety of mediums.
I'm a self-taught artist continuing to explore style and technique. I know what I like and what I want to achieve as an artist.
I live in Trinity Beach in Tropical Northern Australia, gateway to the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area's. I was first posted here by the Royal Australian Navy many years ago and now I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world. The beach is a short walk from my front door and I posted a photo somewhere on the feed. Despite the beautiful location, the sights, sounds and colours only make it into my work subconsciously as I'm focused on the principle of absolute abstraction.
Inspirations and materials
The New York school Abstract Expressionists from the mid 1940's to the 1970's have greatly influenced my work, and forms the basis of the artistic direction I'm pursuing. I use re-purposed paint from my local refuse tip. Hardware like brushes, MDF board and scrapers (among various other odds and ends) are usually from my local hardware store and some traditional paints and materials from local arts supplier.
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
About my Art
I'm still developing my style, and have yet to be discovered and represented by a gallery. My art is simple, immediate and raw – like me!
My process is interesting and my philosophy of art says something about the human condition, my condition - and says something about the human need to create and enjoy art to connect the threads of a sometimes chaotic, confusing and disparate reality. My surface is often heavily worked, with the focus not an any form, but in the colour and condition of the paintings surface. I hope to elicit an emotional response from my audience, either love or hate - there's no room for ambivalence!
About my Artistic Vision
I share the sentiments that Newman, Gottlieb and Rothko outlined in a letter to the New York Times in June 1943 that art is an adventure into the unknown and explored only by those willing to take the risk. The imagination is fancy free and violently opposed to common sense and my role as an artist is to make the audience see MY way, not thier way. These idea's are central to me as an artist, that my art is different, immediate and raw - but it's also familiar. It's why I choose the materials I do, and why my art is ever changing and evolving.