Colour and a certain spontaneity are two touchstones of my painting. While I enjoy viewing many different styles and see value in most works I encounter, I keep returning to the impressionists and post-impressionists especially Vincent Van Gogh. Watercolour is my preferred medium when I want to wander and immerse myself in mostly natural surroundings. It's a habit I love.
Painting has been a perennial background interest accompanying me through my journeys. It's taken a back seat to my teaching career and nurturing a family. However, it's always allowed me to branch out, meet wonderful people and be expressive in my own personal way. Sketching has become my companion filling small visual journals with records of my wanderings.
I love obviously painterly work with brushstrokes and a certain indifference to perfection. Turner, Van Gogh, Margaret Olley and Craig Penny are just a sample of amazing influences. I deeply admire artists such as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Clarice Beckett and John Russell as well.
I've received local show awards over the years with a small number of entries overall. Most recently I gained a Highly Commended for a piece, Creek Crossing, at the TAS Spring exhibition 2021.
Contributions to annual group exhibitions include TAS, OAG and Downlands. I enjoy supporting smaller regional exhibitions such as in Warwick and the Lockyer Valley. I recently took part in a group portraiture drawing exhibition at TAS.
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