I have been working on a “forest”theme lately…quite timely as we’ve had massive bushfires here in Australia, so far destroying more then 12 million hectares and killing 25 people but also over a billion creatures, some endangered, in these forests and national parks. My paintings explore the idea of forest, what it means to me and others, and our memories, sometimes of beautiful places now lost. The works I’ll show here are of imagined places, and the multiple images show my process. The paintings are near to completion but I’m not totally satisfied yet.
The first work is titled “Forest dance” and is 35x35cm(14x14in). This one is probably finished. The painting on the right is the final piece.
The second painting is titled “Dry forest with fallen branches”, 75x75cm(30x30in), and needs some more work. The painting on the bottom right is the most recent rendition. Hope this helps you understand my process.
As you know, I’ve been working at creating mandala designs, based on my own photographs. I’ve completed some new ones and I’d like to show them to you. They have different backgrounds…hope you like. All these designs are available as unframed prints priced at $60 AUD, and are printed on high quality matte photographic paper.
I’ve been having fun with some photos I’ve taken, of succulents and cacti, and have come up with a few more digital designs. I love the sculptural shapes of these kinds of plants and how contrasts of tone and texture can be created….here they are.
Just completed “Kata Juta: dusk” this week. This abstract painting depicts the Central Australian landscape at Kata Juta (meaning Many Heads), due to the huge unusual rock formations that rise from the earth. During daytime the landscape is an incredible orange, but as evening falls the rocks undergo amazing colour changes into mauve and purples. I wanted to capture this dramatic change that I witnessed years ago while visiting the Central desert area. This place has a powerful spiritual presence and I’ve tried to express this using simple contrasting colour areas and small highlights.
The painting is 61×61 cms and is priced at $820(AUD).
This week I’ve completed a painting titled “Oceans’ embrace”. As Australians we seem to be attracted to, and love, the ocean. I don’t swim regularly, but have enjoyed the healing power and attraction of our oceans. It is an overwhelming experience of natures’ power and in this work I’ve depicted that experience….the colour and movement of the water, the reflected light. Small spots of gold have been added to highlight the joy and vibrance of the whole imaginary scene. This painting is about feeling the moodof the ocean and being immersed in its waters.
The painting is 106x76cms, is acrylic paint on stretched canvas, and is priced at $995AUD. If you’re interested in making a purchase please go to my contact page.