Red Tide  2018   Oil on canvas 122x61cm

Blush 2018 Oil on canvas 122x61cm


Strange Birds 2018  Oil on canvas 101x111cm

Facing the Storm (Julia) 2018

Oil on canvas 60x45cm

Uncertain 2018 Oil on canvas 25x30cm

Livin’ The Dream 2018   Oil on canvas 91x91cm

Commission for D.Hodge Portrait of Geoff Hodge with his Holden.

All six of the paintings on this page have been completed between December 2017 and February 2018. The 3 abstract works were a revisit to my earlier Abstract theme from pre2012 Irresistible Yearning as was the portrait Swing Uncertain from earlier still but the other two were painted from scratch during that time.

During the Artist Floor Talk at Burrinja Gallery (July 1) for the Pareidolia exhibition the question was raised of how to reconcile doing figurative and abstract works at the same time. To me they are both important parts of my practice and I don’t intend choosing between the two.

I will concentrate on the abstract work into 2018 but expect some figurative work to exist alongside it. Commissions and other unique projects such as portraits will be ongoing. Interestingly with regard to my new additions to Abstraction, my approach is now completely different after working mainly figuratively during the past decade. Where the decision to take a break from abstraction was conscious due to a desire to increase narrative aspects, these new paintings have been a joy to paint with a clearer direction than previously.