My work is informed by the wild nature that flourishes in the unkempt gardens and streets of my inner city neighbourhood. I explore colour, shape and line to generate two dimensional, decorative narratives of my surroundings. Our flora and fauna here in Sydney is exotic and unique, and for the moment, still thriving in pockets amongst the hum of the big city backdrop.
I draw and paint every day – studying nature provides me with an endless supply of ideas and inspiration, as well as a quiet escape from reality. I love pattern and colour – I especially enjoy working in limited and/or unusual colour combinations. Colour is an intuitive and spontaneous part of my painting process; my colours are mixed and decided upon 'on the fly' and never really planned. I like the excitement and occasional disaster of working this way. My studio is home to literally hundreds of paint covered palettes, saucers, teacups, takeaway containers, you name it, that tell the story of my somewhat reckless colour journeys. Since I work mainly in gouache, I often go hunting for past experiments to revive with a little water and enjoy again. If you become familiar with my work you will see evidence of this in the same rare greens and blues popping up in works spanning different periods.
My father is an accomplished painter and he taught me to paint and draw at a very young age – some of my earliest childhood memories are of rummaging through his cigar box of oil paints, and the smell of linseed oil in his house. Art and design are in my DNA, and I am fortunate to be enjoying an extremely productive time at this point in my life with more inspiration than I have time to create! I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings as much as I do creating them.