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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 I was 15 then and my easel had been replaced by a camera and darkroom.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

59.1cm (W) x 33.6cm (H)
Acrylic paint on MDF hardboard with Gesso. Three coats of Acrylic Gloss varnish to protect the artwork. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and is edged pale green to compliment the artwork.
$688
91.6cm (W) x 64.8cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with Gesso, modelling paste and varnish. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and the mount is edged with a grey stain to compliment the artwork.
$1,503
54.6cm (W) x 83.6cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with Gesso. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and the mount is edged with a brown stain to compliment the artwork.
$1,489
30.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Acrylic paint on stretch canvas frame. The edge of the frame has been painted to compliment the subject.
$195
39.1cm (W) x 91.6cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with Gesso. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and is edged pale yellow to compliment the artwork.
$850
72.3cm (W) x 91.9cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard with gesso. The hardboard has been mounted on a premium pine frame and the frame is edged black to compliment the artwork.
$1,519
80.2cm (W) x 37.1cm (H)
The artwork is hardboard on gesso, acrylic paint, modelling paste and protected in 3 coats of gloss varnish. The board comes mounted on a premium pine frame and the edge has been painted in white to compliment and is ready to hang .
$851
92.6cm (W) x 64cm (H)
Acrylic paint on hardboard. Hardboard has been primed with three coats of Gesso. Handcrafted support frame from premium pine trimmed with Tasmanian Oak oiled and stained in walnut to compliment the painting. Ready to hang as pictured in wall image.
$1,399
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.
$240
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