Who are your influences
I would have to say that I am influenced by all fine art and realism. I have painted a variety of subjects over the years and found inspiration in many areas, especially wildlife.
Where in Australian do you find is your best source of inspiration?
Almost anywhere outdoors in nature, Though I do find a great deal of inspiration here at home in the Dandenong ranges, The towering gums and tree ferns amongst the heavy undergrowth of our rainforests is home to a vast variety of beautiful birds and wildlife, Watching the brightly coloured lorikeets and rosellas, hearing the kookaburras laugh, or catching a glimpse of the ever evasive Lyre bird. Even the smell of cool fresh air in the forest can be exhilarating and inspiring. I have also come to realise that I observe everything with an artist’s eye. Instead of simply enjoying the scenery, I find myself evaluating, colors and contrast, highlights and shadows, the way the light falls, composition etc.
What do you find are the most difficult subjects to capture/ paint/ draw?
I find I have difficulty with any subject that doesn’t inspire me at the time. After many years of painting I have found that I tend to move in cycles, my subject matter changes to suit my inspiration. As I move away from one subject towards another I know that I will come back to it again sometime in the future.
What makes you start to create a piece and how do you know when you are finished?
There are so many ideas constantly in my mind, ranging from seascapes, buildings, landscapes birds and other wildlife, one lifetime is not long enough to get through them all. So if I don’t have a project in progress, then I feel like I am wasting that precious time. I am generally planning my next painting in my mind whilst I am in the finishing stages of another. I always know exactly when I am finished, I feel a sense of complete satisfaction with the piece when it starts to come to life. If a lorikeet looks like it is about to fly off the canvas, then I know that I am done.
Do you have an artwork you are most proud of and why?
Quite often I find that I am most proud of the most recent painting I have completed, until I move on to the next one, so I don’t have one favorite in particular. Then when I look back at past work I notice that it may be just part of a painting that I feel I painted very well, whether it be a feather, an eye, a leaf or part of a tree. These are the parts that I always go back and refer to for improvement on future projects. If I have captured an animals expressions and personality, or the highlights and shadows in the landscape as I intended, then I am happy.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?
Quality materials, paints, mediums and brushes is a must, I use a vast array of brushes, especially fine liners, When I am painting with acrylics I think one of my most valued item is my Sta-wet palette. I spend many hours on each painting, and to be able to keep my mixed colors wet and store them in the fridge in between painting sessions is invaluable
What would you like to achieve out of your art?
Something I already achieve, which is simply to have a brush in hand and loose myself for hours in the sheer enjoyment of painting.
Where do you see yourself in a couple of years?
I'm fairly certain that in a few years time, I will still have the same inspiration and love for creating that I have possessed for the majority of my life so far. Of course it would be great to be selling to a wider customer base and receive more recognition from afar.
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