Welcome - about my Artwork
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Why do I draw and paint? I was raised by a working mother who studied art at Yale University, and she put crayons in my fingers as soon as she thought I had figured out how to use them. The first painting I remember doing was when I was 3, of my teddy bear, wearing an Indian headdress like a skirt. I remember it because an artist frend of my mum's had it framed. So, drawing and painting was as natural to me as learning to read, ride a bike or play with other kids: something one simply did.
I've traveled professionally a lot. I've lived in several countries and speak a few languages, so I feel at home in most places and easily find connections with people. We are more alike than we are varied. I have had work in shows and galleries and in private collections in several countries. I've also been Visiting Artist, summers at Art Study in Giverny, France. I work in my studio full-time, or draw and paint outside, with some time out to travel and to get into the ocean as often as possible.
Realistic paintings try to trick brains to see 2-dimensional images as 3D, which is fascinating to do. But I'm starting to change the amount of visual information so that the subject is no longer only what I'm looking at but also my reactions to it. This is a fine line to achieve and doesn't always work, but I'm heading more in that direction. I tend to work in series. Here you see some of the series of Trees, Ocean, Portraits and Figures.
Trees & Oceans: Another reason I paint comes from my love of the natural world. I try to convey a sense of the beauty of things that grow, of the light on trees or the ocean. Much of my recent work is a response to the landscapes of Sydney. Some of it is made more urgent by my awareness of environmental damage: too many forests destroyed; ocean ecologies threatened. I don't attempt to put an environmental message in my paintings, but I am pleased when studio visitors looking at my paintings comment on the beauty of trees or the ocean and how much they love them.
Portraits: People have tremendous strength and power, and yet everyone is vulnerable and ultimately mortal, and change is the unbreakable rule. Faces tell so much, and as people we train all our lives to read them, whether we know it or not. My portraiture work reflects this, but it's not easy to achieve a good hint of someone's character, and some of my best work has come from requests for portraits that I first thought impossible. I've been told that I capture the essence of a person's soul in my portraits, a very nice compliment that I try to meet.
Figures: The small sketches of people at various activities are great fun to do, and sometimes I manage to catch a moment in time and place well. At one point, I organised a group of them by the location where I sketched, but after looking at that display, I realised that it was more interesting to see that location was only one of many data points and not the most important one: we all do similar things and have similar reactions and similar emotions.