I’m an emerging new artist with a diverse history – from growing up in the Papua New Guinea highlands to war service in the Royal Australian Navy and a professional career which I've chosen to leave to pursue this artistic journey.
Although I consider myself a 'new' artist, I've been developing all my life, moving in and out of painting many times over the years and undertaking self education into the world of art. I'm inspired by a great many things, but also want to explore my own mind and see what develops.
For me, painting is a state of being and a process of self-discovery. Painting consumes me.
I’m not concerned with reproducing decorative pictures that mimic life, with illusions of depth and vanishing points or realness. I’m concerned with the absolute principle of abstraction and inspired by any number of things. The New York School Abstract Expressionists figure highly in my continued development as an artist and you can clearly see its influence in my work.
My art is raw, often simple and immediate in its application – I try not to over edit my initial thoughts and marks - it’s rough, gestural and uses found and recycled house paints on MDF board proving the existence of a fallible human hand at work. For me, art is not about selling (this would be a nice bonus), but more about the journey of expressing myself as alive and human.
My art is not perfect - due to the nature of how I work and the materials I use, the surfaces are often flawed. Paint will be chipped, uneven, maybe rubbed off a little where it has sat against another work in the studio, and the MDF may bow a little or has damaged edges - this is how it's meant to be for me - this is my art, this rawness is me.
It's not about pretty pictures for me - it's so much more.
I take a lot of risks in my painting, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but that's the essence of me - exploring the human condition, this thing called paint and discover what can be possible.