I am driven obsessively
to create artworks which nourish the human spirit, celebrate the wonders of
Nature and provide enjoyment, stimulation and a touch of magic to our lives.
I believe that for a meaningful existence we human beings need more than the
basic necessities of food, shelter and security.
We must also look after our intellectual curiosity, express our
aspirations and nurture our emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
That is, we need to rise above the mundane, the
ordinary and the daily drudgery of survival. This is where the arts come in. Engagement with
literature, theatre, music and the visual arts provide great opportunities to
satisfy our creative urges and at the same time find lasting enjoyment.
Themes, series and periods
Whilst I like to explore vastly different 'styles' and approaches
in my artwork, there are obvious recurring 'themes' which I pursue. Examples of
my themes are: water, desert,
wilderness and flora.
At the same time I create pieces which tend to form
'Series' with individual works representing different themes.
Examples of these series are: spectrum shifts,
patterns and minimalist colour-fields.
"When considering which artists influenced me, I say I
most admire Van Gogh’s intensity and use of colour to stir up emotions, Kandinsky’s exuberance and sense of composition,
Picasso’s inventiveness and broad range of interests, and Paul
Klee’s sensitivity and insight into our inner beings.
Australian artists, I love
Fred Williams’ ability to abstract the essential
elements of a landscape, John Olsen’s playful and imaginative approach,
and last but not least, Emily Kngwarreye’s instinctive mastery of colour,
structure and connection to Country." -- (from exhibition
Uniformity or variety?
I have a very broad range of styles and sometimes I wonder if this is a
wise approach. Should I restrict myself to a safe comfort zone and only produce
countless variations of my commercially successful
I only hypothesize about this, because many artists just stick to a certain
style and "look" and do endless variations
in the same vein. A good example is the Australian painter John Coburn; all
his paintings seem to be based on a certain formula: an evenly coloured background
and a number of differently coloured and carefully drawn shapes, usually ovals,
circles, diamonds, and assorted curvaceous outlines arranged in a
carefully composed way.
Beautiful colours, subtle refinements. No drama and no
surprises, just a lovely composition, in reliable good taste, and the execution
is immaculate. Galleries love this reliable consistency.
Many artists on the other hand go on a
merry-go-round of experimentation and exploration. They always search for
new approaches, there is no restriction on their imagination. They tend to
get carried away with new processes, they stumble on something new which has
never been done before.
Pablo Picasso is a good example, in all his life he used many different media, and changed
"styles" regularly and with verve. Caught up with the passion of
So what are the alternatives
for an artist, follow the path of
Coburn or Picasso? Should he play safe and do the "reliable and
boring consistent", or just
get carried away with the passion of the chase?
For me, the safe way does not appeal. I much prefer the path of discovery, the
chasing of a dream and the discovery of unexpected surprises in the