About the Art and the Artist
My seascapes and landscapes are about how we feel in nature. Not what nature looks like photographically. More and impressionistic vision of the beauty of nature.
I was born in Australia and moved to London in the 80's. I have been visiting Deal in Kent for 30 years from wherever I lived overseas, because I have friend's here. My father was originally from Margate and all my English family's tales of England were of the skies of Thanet, the White Cliffs of Dover and the Pier at Margate.
Prior to moving to Deal in 2019, I lived and painted in Mollymook three hours south of Sydney on the coast. My paintings were of the beaches, whales, islands and vineyards of my local surrounds.
Not being a morning person I was never up for the sunrise. But in Deal who could resist. The sunrises here are so amazing and our Pier adds to the experience. I swim at sunrise to get the full benefit of the experience and inspiration for my paintings.
A bit more about me;
I was born in Western Australia, I live in Deal, Kent and have lived and exhibited between Australia, London and Los Angeles for the past 40 years.
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White Cliffs of Dover Wildflowers
While hiking up the white cliffs at Kingsdown Leas I came across this beautiful white house and wonderful wildflowers.
There seemed to be something particularly awesome about the scene. I felt amazing as though the air had a magical spell over me and I could breath in this beauty. Naturally I wanted to paint the scene and the feeling....
Before the world changed
My work has been in museum and gallery exhibitions, art fairs and sculpture parks in Australia, England and California.
I trained as an artist in London in the 80s and have consistently exhibited since my first group exhibition in 1990.
Traveling and living around the world has meant being involved in the arts in a variety of ways, including being involved in the launch of Modern Painter magazine in the 80's, running an annual lecture at the TATE, publishing an online art magazine, owning and running an art gallery, becoming an art consultant and art valuer, creating a sculpture park.
Life is long and there are so many aspects to all the things we do after decades of work. This year has been, as it has for many creatives, my most productive. I've surpassed my 2014 record of over 60 art works and produced over 100 paintings and drawings last year.
From 1990 until 2005 I was primarily a sculptor. Working in plaster, ceramic, wax, bronze and stainless steel, my early work was figurative. I mainly sculpted family members, including this torso of my cousin when he was 21 years old and just back from Greece.
I have had many fabulous studios around the world. This is my Sydney studio in Glebe. I had a terrace as well as an internal sculpting and display area.
Many a party was enjoyed on this terrace over my 6 years in Sydney.
One of the absolute bonuses of building a sculpture park was as the forests and gardens matured the wildlife exploded in population.
The original 7 acres can now be seen from google as a green triangle on the outskirts of Yass in NSW, Australia.
This is my pic of a family of Galas in one of the old trees on the property.
Then Came Migaloo
My discovery of the large white humpback whale known as Migaloo inspired a series of 26 paintings.
I had been inspired to paint whales because of the migration past the coastal town I lived in three hours south of Sydney.
Yeah Baby came first. A celebration by a large black and white humpback breaching. At the time Japanese whaling was still happening under the guise of research in the southern oceans. I was horrified and began to paint Migaloo as a metaphor for our need to save our oceans and the creatures that live within.
Then the Bushfires Destroyed this Painting in 2020
In May 2019 I moved back to the UK to be closer to my family. As we all now know the climate became a world wide issue.
Bushfires ravaged the area I had lived in on the coast of NSW, Australia and the home this painting was in was destroyed along with many others in the area.
In response I began two bushfire paintings at the start of 2020.
Then the Pandemic Hit
Like everyone I felt bewildered and discombobulated. So I returned to what I knew. I painted the south East of England and France from an aerial perspective and allowed my mind to wander. I live in Deal, Kent, near the centre of this painting.
The odd course of the virus is not unlike the patterns moving across this picture plane.
As with most of my large paintings this work is sold.