Atmosphere and Essence to me are two good words to describe what I look for when painting a sense of place. Delicate nuance to obtain that true likeness of an individual in a portrait is also a fine challenge. Colour, softness, tone, and strength are very important in all of my paintings.
I was born in Gisborne New Zealand which is where Captain James Cook landed at Kaiti Beach in 1769. We came to Queensland Australia in 1981 and now live in Maleny, overlooking the Glass House Mountains which Captain James Cook named back in 1770. Quite a coincidence.
I have studied and attended Art workshops with Elizabeth Cummings, Euan McLeod, Peter Hudson and the re knowned New Zealand Artist John Badcock, all to improve and nurture my artistic skills. Art books both Antique and Modern have also been a great passion. Visiting Art Galleries in cities of Australia and New Zealand continue to provide wonderful insights into the world of Art.
Achieving Overall winner of the Immanuel College Arts Festival Buderim Australia in 2008 with the artwork called “The Iconic Glasshouse Mountain” this painting was also announced The Outstanding Work of the Exhibition. Achieving this Award has encouraged me to devote all my time to art and painting. Recently I exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions in both Australia and New Zealand. Daily I endeavour to achieve my elusive, artistic masterpiece. It is all an exciting constant adventure.