I am a mostly self-taught visual artist living and working on acreage in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area of Montville, Australia.
Like smiling at people with kindness; art can transform a day for a nanosecond. In hope of this transformation, I paint stories and fleeting snapshots from life experience in ways that ring true to me. The results may be abstract or representational. I delight in spare compositions and minimal colours to mix each work from.
I am a potter & clay artist enjoying all facets of clay work. I have a small studio 1km north of Montville Village.
I welcome visitors by appointment to my studio or on my weekend open days. I love answering questions about how my pieces have been made.
Recently I have been making bespoke dinner sets for some of my clients which is a new avenue for me. Would you like something made especially for you?
I am primarily working in acrylics and pastels and enjoy the use of strong colours in modern land and seascapes and still-lifes.
I love the landscapes of Queensland art legend John Rigby and also the still-lifes of Criss Canning. I have been lucky enough to study pastels with Leonie Duff and Max Wilks, two of Australias best known pastellists, as well as acrylics with Mignon Parker at the McGregor Schools in Toowoomba.
Travelling both in Australia and Overseas provides continuing inspiration and of course my art provides an excuse for more travel.
I have been painting and drawing animals for many years, enjoying a successful career in the UK. Moving to Australia quite a few year ago offered new opportunities and challenges, taking part in workshops, exhibitions and classes to learn new techniques and media, and make friends. In recent years I have really enjoyed improving my skills with coloured pencils, I find they are really suited to fur, eyes and noses! I now undertake regular commissions, work with a local artisan food producer on illustrations of animals and food, and enter a few art exhibitions and events when I have work available.
Printing is my passion. I love making marks and images with objects and plates, using many techniques. Favourite methods involve photopolymer plates, and collagraphs, where the printing plate is essentially a collage.
An initial interest in science and biology can be seen in my artwork, along with the influence of a somewhat feral childhood along the Canning River, Western Australia.
I am strongly influenced by a love of the colours, forms, patterns and designs of plants, and by botanical illustrations.
I also explore abstraction, especially of botanical forms, sometimes through fragmentation of print editions and then collage.
Until my acquisition of a press in 2004, I initially focused on papermaking, fabric printing and batik, but since then my main focus has been on printmaking.
My art and design works are photographic images which I choose to use either traditionally or to form the basis of contemporary and composite pieces. I love the sense of being able to construct pieces to my own design as a painter may do, but also work with the more formal photographic works as produced 'in camera'
All my works are available for sale printed on either canvas, specialist photo paper or fabric and can be printed to a range of required sizes.
I am a machine operator based out of townsville.i learned metal fabrication in Tasmania in the mid 90's as a prerequisite to employment with incat.i have aspirations to step into more abstract work with my goal being long lasting pieces that give first time viewers a bit of a pleasant surprise..i aim to improve on each piece I create and the skills learned through the process often lend themselves to some interesting trouble shooting on builds
Most of my images contain figurative and ornate decorative elements. Some of my works turn word play into visual statements.
I find that drawing is the most direct medium for conveying my visual intention and idea. One chance with one pencil - with help from an eraser.
Printing involves three stages: inscribing the image, 'biting' the drawn plate and then printing the art work.
Making the handmade books involves creating making book size prints for the cover, finding beautiful fabrics plus papers to complete the journal