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I have taken the long road to discover that painting and photography can sit side by side, for me painting is my first meaningful creative outlet. I use my photography to inspire my artwork and I hope my love of composition, subject and light come through in the artwork for sale.

I was born in Papua New Guinea and lived on a remote rubber plantation before moving to Sydney in 1971 at the age of seven. I was finding it hard adjusting to the city and my mother encouraged me to take up oil painting in 1972.

About a year after that I won a children’s art competition and the judges recommended that I start studying at the local TAFE on a Saturday morning. I completed one term but felt out of place with students who were all over 16 years old so I did not continue. I was also a TV junkie, we had no TV in Papua, and staying at TAFE meant missing out on Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

The one constant in my work is to find a new project and during my 40-year break from painting I have been a project manager in Information Technology. This kept me in a world with projects, and here too I learnt that even the smallest piece of data contributes its meaning towards each information system. The other constant motivating me in life is to finish a project so I can start a new one.

My creative drive comes from knowing that each brush stroke I make contributes its meaning towards the completed work. What inspires me about art is how the smallest brush strokes, when added together, can radiate a meaning for the person who gazes at the painting far beyond the meaning of each brush stroke.

I aim to do my best in each project and try to avoid, at all cost, the haunting feeling I get when I leave a project unresolved. Even to this day I still think of my unfinished painting of a sailing boat peeping out behind photographic developing chemicals back in 1979. I was 15 then and my easel had been replaced by a camera and darkroom. A part of me still needed to finish the oil painting, but photography filled the void, so the unfinished artwork was thrown away in a frenzied darkroom clean out before my HSC exams.

Education

Bachelor of Economics

Influences

enjoy thinking about arrangement, theme and colour

103cm (W) x 51cm (H)
Acrylic painting on hardboard with gesso Professionally framed (no glass) Ready to hang
$990
102.2cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic paint on stretched canvas (6 pieces), wood, MDF, varnish, black felt, flip side of canvas hardboard and photo paper (6 pieces)
$1,699
91.8cm (W) x 44.5cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with three coats of gesso. Three coats of acrylic varnish to protect artwork.
$850
59.1cm (W) x 33.6cm (H)
Acrylic paint on MDF hardboard with Gesso. Three coats of acrylic gloss varnish to protect the artwork.
$688
30.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Acrylic paint and protected with 3 coats of varnish gloss on stretch canvas frame. The edge of the frame has been painted in a bright blue to compliment the subject.
$235
40.5cm (W) x 50.9cm (H)
Acrylic paint and on stretch canvas frame (unframed). The edge of the canvas frame has been painted to compliment the subject.
$333
92.5cm (W) x 62.1cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard. Hardboard primed on Gesso. Handcrafted frame in premium pine trimmed with Tasmanian Oak.
$705
30.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Acrylic paint on Gesso and hardboard. The Bedford van has varnish applied to provide a shine to the vehicle. The remainder of the artwork is in acrylic with no varnish.
$240
122.6cm (W) x 91.6cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with gesso undercoat. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and the artwork continues to the frame edges.
$1,889
38.9cm (W) x 60.3cm (H)
Acrylic paint, pencil and ink on MDF hardboard with Gesso. Sealed in gloss varnish to protect the artwork. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and is edged grey to compliment the artwork.
$708
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