This picture was once again inspired by the big long road trip holiday to South Africa back in 2012. It was such a good holiday, and the landscapes were so inspiring! I would go back there in heartbeat. I had such fun painting outside looking up at the impressive Cederberg mountain range.
This picture was made once back in Australia and reflecting on the time spent in South Africa. Such a great time!
This drawing made in 2014, Grounded, was the beginning of what turned into a series of graphite drawings. The subject for this drawing was the underwater theme that I had been exploring for years. Looking back on this work, I feel it was a pivotal piece, as the style was something I then employed in later landscape graphite pieces.
This piece was exhibited, with other artworks, in Neighbouring Practice in 2019 at Dirty Dozen in the Campbell Arcade under the subway at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia.
This watercolour was made in 2012. It was exhibited at my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in October 2013. I have created this jellyfish using delicate watercolour brush marks, representing the ephemeral aspects of this animal. Without directly representing water, one can imagine the sea swirling around this creature. The ocean is still a place of wonder and awe, full of creatures like these. It continues to hold many secrets.
Lost is inspired by the world below in the deep sea. It explores the theme of unconventional beauty and the irrational fears of the abyss that are ever present in the human psyche. I have tried to capture the anxiety people tend to feel with the hidden, the unseen and the unknown. I aim to raise awareness of these bizarre ocean creatures and try to make others realise their impact on this unique environment. In Lost the jellyfish appears to be caught in the watery mass seeping from the rocks below, swirling without control. Mesmerisingly still, yet turbulent.
Searching was created for my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in October of 2013. This watercolour on rag paper portrays a creature that dwells beneath the waves in an unknown sea of blue. The jellyfish is floating, looming from a predominantly unseen world.
The Adrift series was made specifically for my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in October 2013 at the Kingston Arts Centre G3 Artspace in Melbourne. They are intaglio prints on cotton rag paper. They are made using predominantly aquatint and etching techniques. They are both 24 x 24 cm (image size) and are both editions of 10.
Adrift, intaglio print on cotton rag, 2013
The idea behind the Adrift series was to embody the exact meaning behind the title, to relay an exact emotion I was feeling at the time, a feeling of floating without control, of feeling as though you’re lacking aim, direction and stability. The directional marks in the background of Adrift are used to emphasise this state of feeling.
Adrift II, intaglio print on cotton rag, 2013
Adrift II aims to have the feeling of slow movement. This work was made with the idea to display a feeling of being anchored and yet at the same time a sense of floating and moving with a lack of control, yet not helplessly but serenely.
This watercolour made in 2011 was displayed at the Kingston Arts Centre G3 Artspace as part of my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in October 2013. This exhibition included 26 artworks spanning the last five years of my career. You can read some reviews of the exhibition by going to the links section.