Beginning 2021, I am intentionally striving to bring more fun and play into my work, both in process and outcome. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that life is all about the enjoyment of living it freely and with good fun.
I’ve come to recognise that if I am quiet, open and allowing then the natural world around us is waiting to connect. Tuning into that connection has become a big part of my painting process.
My work is about immersing myself in this connection and capturing my visceral response - translating the energy and light of my surrounds or emotions into a visually interesting arrangement with which viewers might feel a connection.
Native bushland borders my studio near the foot of Mt Coot-tha, and many of my earlier landscape based works have been inspired by hikes and daily dog walks around the mountain trails. The light changes quickly and depending on the time of day and year, spans the full spectrum of cool blues, greens and yellows to cobalt skies, warm orange and ochre tones with deep shadows amidst the foliage.
Whether painting abstract landscapes, or expressive non-obvjective pieces, inspiration is always around me. There is always something new for me to see and absorb, mentally recording the smallest details to bring to life back in my studio.
I love to paint energetically, laying down dabs and dots of paint on the canvas with meditative mark-making, intuitively activating the canvas with loose, gestural strokes. I like to stay in this state of flow for as long as I can, as these are the marks made from within, my soul place.
I allow myself the freedom to paint as I enjoy most - fast, loose and playfully.
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