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 whose lesser known paintings are well represented by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
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.
Placings in local show entries in the Burdekin in the 1990s and around Jondaryan in the early 2000s
Contributions to annual group exhibitions include TAS, OAG and Downlands.
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