In 2017 I visited the Van Gogh exhibition The Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria and was inspired to use bolder colour and thicker paint application in work that immediately followed. Van Gogh has always been a favourite artist to look at for use of colour, his impulsiveness and vitality. The first work was a painting of some flowers given to me by a friend with colour so vibrant I couldn’t resist painting. The second is a first attempt practice work for an intended series based on Central Australia inspired by a visit there in February 2017. The third was a 6oth birthday gift painted for a friend, of him on his beloved motorbike. I include the reworking of Blue Girl from the Melancholy Beach Series here because the vibrant thicker application of paint was definitely inspired by Van Gogh.

His legacy lives on!