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Welcome to the studio

My private studio is located in Central Victoria, Australia. Inspired by people and their stories and our connection to the environment, I regularly work from the studio and in the warmer months take the opportunity to work outdoors

As well as images of my artwork, I’ll share news and events and any exhibitions, projects and collaborations I’m involved with

If you see something that appeals to you, please contact me to confirm availability or discuss options

To request a commission, or for more information please feel free to contact me via the contact page

Portrait of Jim

My entry for the Napier Waller Art Prize 2019 was “Portrait of Jim” and was one of 26 works selected by a panel of art professionals from the Australian War Memorial, to view my work and vote for the People’s Choice Award from the shortlisted entries go to:

https://www.awm.gov.au/nwap/Portrait_of_Jim_(Veteran_Chief_Petty_Officer_RAN)

Inspiration in Japan

Following a period of hiatus, I thought I would revisit some travel experiences and influences I’ve adapted into some of my drawings.

These small works were inspired by a trip with the family to Japan, the models captured from fashion magazines collected along the way, all the time so sweet and well groomed, these lovely little drawings were created with carbon pencil and acrylic paint on paper xx

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Blue Jacket, Acrylic on Fabriano Paper, 2017
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Reflection

Creating a Jigsaw Puzzle of my artwork is an interesting consideration, I think this painting Reflection would make for a somewhat challenging puzzle.

What appeals to you when chosing a Jigsaw Puzzle? The size, number of pieces, colours or complexity? Do you buy for yourself or as a gift? What do you think would be a fair price for a limited edition Jigsaw Puzzle?

So many questions, anyway, this lovely painting ‘Reflection (View of Mt Warrenheip)’ is now for sale (90 x 90cm) DM me for pricing, and as a Print see the SHOP tab for details.

Interior and figure studies

Previous months have seen me painting utilising more traditional methods and using raw vibrant colours in acrylic on various papers, canvas, acrylic, watercolour over original graphite drawings

Helping me along the way I’ve been referring back to my collection of life drawings as well as some of my favourite expressionist artists like Kirkner and Matisse

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En plien air

It’s been a crazy few weeks, doing everything but making art, since painting this commission of Eurambeen Homestead as a wedding gift for a lovely couple married in these very gardens, I appreciate the opportunity and had a great time expressing the colour and movement of this beautiful property

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Portrait Drawing – Kate

Thinking about the composition of a drawing, what do you think makes an interesting portrait?

I have been pleasantly surprised at the results of doing the quick 2-minute studies at the beginning of a portrait sitting, finding the need to focus deeper on the face and shape of the head with more accuracy, to draw what I see, not what I think. It’s been an interesting and challenging change from drawing a full figure.

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Small Works on Paper

Attending events has been a enjoyable way to meet other like-minded artists a people. I take along with me a selection of small works on paper (A5 and no larger than A4) for display and for selling… and they are a great conversation starter, pleasingly Seated Nude I recently sold during my weekend residency at Eurambeen Homestead open garden

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Seated Nude I, Oil on Paper, 2017 (Sold)
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Laying figure in the bush (Life drawing of RM), Oil on Paper, 2017
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Wattle, Acrylic on Paper, 2017 (Sold)

 

Coloured Drawings

What do you think?

On occassion I add colour to my large charcoal drawings using conte and coloured pastels, I’m interesested as to whether the large 40 minute portrait drawings (below) have been improved by the addition of colour compared with previous black and white drawings, or should I stick with the Black and White?

 

Napier Waller Art Prize

The inaugural art prize for current and former ADF personnel aims to raise awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on individuals, Mezzanine Gallery, Anzac Hall, AWM Canberra, exhibition ends 21 November, 2018

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Portrait Drawing – Jim

An absolute pleasure to meet and draw Jim today, taking the opportunity to switch from life drawing to portrait drawing is an interesting challenge
Medium – willow charcoal and white conte and pastel

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