I paint in oils – and my subjects and fascination mainly trees. Trees as abstracted close-up portraits of the patterns in their bark (revealing all manner of pareidolia, with human, animal and bird shapes appearing and disappearing in the painting), and trees as they appear in the landscape (these primarily as palette-knife impasto works). There is a personal connection between me as artist with my tree-subjects and the wild things threatened with extinction that seem so often to appear in the reworked abstraction of the bark patterns. I very nearly didn’t survive a brain tumour, but when I could walk again I immediately found solace and strength in the woods, so I relate both to the trees and to those endangered creatures which seek their protection. My work is found homes so far with collectors in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Europe and the UK.
Click images to enlarge.
Sign up to SALA's e-News
Keep up with all the Festival news by joining our mailing list
SALA acknowledges the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and all Traditional Owners of country throughout South Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their heritage and cultures; and to Elders both past and present.