Opening 27 Jan – 3 March 2019 / A Selection of work from 2015 – 2018
Incorporating drypoint prints, large watercolour botanical illustrations, figurative mixed media collages and large landscape paintings.
This is the first large-scale piece that I’ve mounted onto canvas. It’s come up amazingly well and it really allows the bronze metallic to shine in a way that it wouldn’t behind glass. The wax varnish also finishes it beautifully. Big thanks to Gay who brought this piece and wanted it framed in a modern way.
Some images from the opening of ‘Pulse of the Land’ and ‘Limbs’ at Arts in Oxford Gallery 17 November 2015. I’m excited to be sharing the gallery space with two great ceramicists who’s work really compliments the walls. This is four months of intense work for me, so a great feeling of achievement to see it hung and looking great. Plus, a big thanks to the wonderful volunteers at the gallery.
I was very lucky to recently be asked to do a commission by Fiona and Peter Bersani of their much loved family batch at French Farm which was on the market at the time. So there was some responsibility to capture the elements that were important to them as a reminder of this special place. It was a pleasure to do and included a lovely weekend spent at the house with a friend soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos of course! This is the result…
My first solo exhibition is now open at the Chambers Gallery, Rangiora Library. Entitled Peninsula, Figures in the Landscape it encompasses work from Little Akaloa, Okains Bay and Quail Island looking back to the Port Hills and Lyttelton and plays with some new techniques incorporating charcoal, wax, inktense sticks and acrylic paint. Check it out if you are in Rangiora – it runs until the 28th May.
Hi all…thought I would update you on my latest piece which is currently out at Oxford for their December show leading up to Christmas. This one has a strong feeling of movement, particularly in the sky and plays on the tension between the mountain apex and the moon. It has a feeling of ascension with the zig zagging lines leading you upward. I’ve included a closeup of the bottom section which is painted really loosely using watercolour techniques. Hope you like it.
This is my latest piece of work commissioned by Sue O’Malley. She and her husband John brought one of my earlier works Indigo Skys. This latest one is of Lake Lyndon in winter with snow on the hills and a purple grey sky; quite moody. It follows on from Ice and Ridgeline which were taken at the same time of year.
The other piece I’ve just finished completes the series on Kaikoura and is called Resting Places. It’s a softer and more reflective piece than my other painting ‘pearls’ which is bursting with colour. Resting Places has a nice feeling of movement to it with the still pools of water the focal points. It is available from Bryce Gallery on Riccarton Road.
I have a couple of new pieces at Arts on Oxford at the moment for their Te Wai Pounamu exhibition of South Island landscape artists. Both pieces are scenes from the Arthurs Pass region and I’ve gone for quite a monochrome palette focusing on the mood and textures of the area. The larger of the two is called Ice and is of Lake Lyndon mid winter. I’ve explored a new technique using plastic wrap to help create the ice texture and it’s been really successful.
Went out to Oxford today to have a look at the gallery and the exhibition looks great.
I took some photos so you can see what the gallery space is like. It’s a surprisingly big, modern gallery and everything is spaced nicely so it looks really sharp.
Very happy, so big thanks to Rachel and Brent!
What a great feeling! The final painting for the Oxford exhibition done and dusted, the sealant drying as I write this. Really happy with it. Quite a moody feel and the sharpness of the metallic train tracks really draws you into the painting. It’s called Finding Direction and there are a couple of images below.
I use an interesting technique that enables me to paint in a watercolour style on canvas. This involves applying a molding paste base that creates an absorbent surface which the fluid acrylics can bleed and flow on. It also creates some interesting textures which show through in the finished works, giving them an ‘alive’ quality.
You can see some of the underlying texture in these photos, which are sections from one of my latest paintings called Gale. It is perfect for this style of painting, which also involves masking out areas and over-painting them to create the leaf textures.
If you are interested in seeing this painting in the flesh you can view it at the Oxford Gallery, on the Main Street of Oxford township. It is part of a group exhibition running for the month of May 2012.