My work is inspired by the local Nelson scenery, in particular to the quality of light, which is ever changing and integral to the mood of the painting. I often sketch outside but predominantly paint in my studio. I “rough in” the landscape and then paint intuitively, so that the work does not become stifled by restrictions, such as photographs or detailed drawings. My paintings relate to the local Nelson landscape, and usually depict places with which I am most familiar, such as Ruby Bay, D’Urville Island, the Abel Tasman National Park, the Moutere and Waimea estuary’s, and the “big sky” that is often present. I try to convey a sense of place, yet also allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the painting represents.
I like the depth of colour and intensity of oil paint, used in direct and gestural brushstrokes, which asserts the texture of the oil paint and of the painting’s surface. I usually work in oil on MDF. The meaning or intention of the work emerges after an ongoing discussion I have with the painting, the issues that arise and are worked through. The composition and light is determined, and the painting progresses, sometimes quietly, sometimes with a struggle, to a satisfactory conclusion. Revisiting scenes that I have previously painted, allows me to explore various ways of interpreting changing conditions and always results in a series of paintings that are quite different.
I have been painting and exhibiting regularly and have paintings in private collections in Europe, USA, Canada and New Zealand.