I utilize the scarred and imperfect surfaces of natural forms - bark, seeds, leaves,
insects - to extract a kind of natural graffiti, a hidden semiotic language of the
environment that I can assemble and instil with my own sense of colour, personal
narrative and psychology.
Unspeakable Unspoken interprets the feeling of the dark knot that can grow within
a person when harbouring hidden secrets in their life that they are unsure will be
accepted, even by family and friends - controversial issues such as sexuality, abortion,
addiction. Over time fragments of the information peel away as the secret is revealed.
Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 137 x 152 cm
Firefront Shortlisted ‘Emergence - Art on the Move’ Bushfire Recovery
Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne 2011
Statement: Firefront depicts a birds-eye view of the impenetrable barrier of fire
sweeping across the landscape, driven by wind and creating a blanket of smoke. The
various stages of the fire are shown simultaneously, from the force of the fire-
front attack to the smouldering haze of days and weeks that followed, mapping changes
to the landscape. The deep slash of colour cutting through the centre of the painting
is derived from scarred bark of a living eucalypt tree that reminded me of the way
fire cuts through the landscape. It seemed appropriate to use this imagery because
of the regenerative strength trees have to recover, leaving scars as the only reminder.
The Pull Of The Moon
Acrylic & Oil on linen,152 x 122 cm
Irresistible Yearning, Acrylic & oil on canvas, 1800 x 2400cm