A bit about my current work
My interest in painting clouds began as a form of escapism. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the pace of life these days and the process of painting clouds was a way for me to freeze a tiny moment in time of an ever evolving form.
These Cloudscapes are studies of light and texture. The luminosity and light-fastness of oil paints allow me to experiment with compositions of varied depths. I have tried to create both a sense of depth by building up glazes of blues and greens, and also a sense of immediacy by forcing the foreground forward with layers of opaque white. I have created these compositions without a horizon line as this frees me to take the viewer into the atmosphere of the work and avoid grounding the work.
I see this work as an extension of my previous theme, though the subject matter is quite different. For the last 5 years I have painted large-scale floral paintings that likewise experimented with texture and light. These floral works were another act of escapism: unnatural inflated views of these beautiful ephemeral small things.
I am interested in trying to capture moments of the natural world, to recreate shapes and textures subject to entropy, subjects that will naturally decay and devolve with time, and to frame a vision that can bring the viewer to pause just for a moment to lose themselves in the richness of the quotidian. I am one of those people who does tend to rush things, I talk quickly, I often don’t look where I’m going because I’m in a hurry, but in my studio I am able to be slow and deliberate. In a world where some days it feels everything moves too quickly: flowers wilt, phones ring, clouds disperse; an artwork has the ability to stand still.
If you want to know anything more about me and my work, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
A Bit About Me
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and I found my love of art at school while seeking refuge amongst the coffee and heaters offered by the art department. I followed my interests at university where I completed a double degree in Visual Arts/ International Relations at ANU.
For many years I lived and worked in Melbourne balancing a corporate job/ teaching and painting at the same time, However at the beginning of 2017 I moved to the far north New Zealand where I have been making art full time.