As an artist I have been exhibiting for nearly forty years now and I cannot think of anything more rewarding and frustrating, all rolled into one profession. The idea of painting full time, searching and travelling for inspiration and pursuing this dream over many decades is quite exceptional, and I regard myself as very fortunate.
I trained as a secondary school teacher but soon realised that I wanted to concentrate on something that involved my personal vision. I resigned from a permanent job with much criticism ... family and friends were quick to volunteer my extravagance and irresponsibility with a young family at hand. I believe one of the challenges in life is to indentify ones strengths, and this was something I felt strongly about. I was in my young twenties, and I was brave and impetuous and idealistic...and I hoped that my commitment to my painting would be enough. I should of course mention luck as well, but ultimately you need to step out in faith sometimes, otherwise it can be a life half lived.
I soon embraced the idea of painting outside or painting en plein air. As an impressionist I paint what I see and what I feel. It is ultimately the connection with the landscape that gives the painting integrity and soul. I have travelled extensively , both to study paintings in all the major galleries, and also to paint abroad .For example, taking one hundred kilos of painting gear to London to prepare for a major show is not without logistical challenges, but somehow it becomes organised and it all happens. Venice has been particularly rewarding as a destination to paint, with a labyrinth of canals offering endless subjects. I travel to Antarctica in 2019.
I still have a deep love for painting Sydney Harbour...it really does have a great energy and beauty .The light and colour of our harbour is unique. In fact every part of Australia is different in its own way. In late July I travel to the Kimberley’s to explore and paint. It is one of the last frontiers in Australia, and because of its remoteness, it is unspoilt with a remarkable and distinctive landscape.
And what will I paint while I’m there? That’s really an unknown quantity...but that is the fun and thrill of it all!
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