Crazy Cactus design

New work with environmental emphasis

My new painting, “Big Scrub-nearly gone” addresses some environmental concerns I have regarding loss of natural habitat. The Big Scrub was a large forested area from the Qld border down to Grafton; quite a large piece of land, once rainforest covered. Remnants remain in gullies, hillsides and national parks, and this artwork depicts such a pocket on the side of the Pacific Highway, northern NSW. The forest is so diverse and I employed bright colours to indicate this…a feature plant is the iconic Bangalow palm. Years previously I lived in this area and have developed much love for these beautiful remaining pieces of forest. Through this painting I’m endeavouring to bring to awareness the issues of loss of natural treasures in Australia. Hope you love the painting and feel some connection to the natural world through viewing the image.

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“Big Scrub-nearly gone”   $890(AU)  76x76cm

“Swell” sculpture festival

Yesterday we drove down to Currumbin to view the “Swell” Sculpture festival, which showcases sculpture in an outdoor setting, on, or surrounding Currumbin Beach. The weather was perfect and the sculpture was truly amazing. Everyone in the Gold Coast/ Brisbane area should make an effort to go along. I’ve taken masses of pics, and here are some of my highlights (mostly everything!). All of them were beautiful in diverse ways, and some celebrated beach life, but many spoke about our relationship with the environment and this country. We personally loved “Stillness in time” (the pink discs) and “Save our seabed” (the colourful recycled plastics powered with a solar panel). It all finishes on Sunday.

Updated “Remembrance”page

I’ve added another work, “Storm surge”, to my “Remembrance” page in the Gallery section. Maybe take a peek.

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“Storm surge”   51x41cm   $450(AUD)

“Storm surge”, recently completed

Early winter saw the arrival of some extreme weather conditions, resulting in large dangerous surf and damaged beaches. My painting “Storm surge” reflects these conditions and the changes to our environment. Nature provides drama in our landscapes not always to our liking. I wanted to capture that drama and also to contrast the deep blue oceanic hues with stark white, in order to maintain a simple yet energetic expression of nature at its most extreme.

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“Storm suge”  51 x 41 cm   $450(AUD)

Flowering gardens

Our Botanic gardens here in Brisbane are a beautiful sight in winter. So many things flower at this time in Australia. I thought you may enjoy some of these wonderful plants.

2 from the studio

Been working on a couple of paintings…thought I’d let you have a peek. They aren’t titled yet. That decision is made when all is finished. These will be entered in some competitions.

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Happy day!

Happy day today! At last I have a new car after a long wait, nearly 4 1/2 weeks….a brand new Hyundai i30….loving it. I just picked this beauty up this morning, and went for a little drive soon after. Thanks to Gary at Moorooka Hyundai, and my Mum for some of the money. Here’s pics.

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Little painting in Belle Arti Prize

One of my works is currently on show in the Belle Arti Prize, at Chapman and Baileys, Melbourne….entitled “Lake, earth, sky”.

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Lake, earth, sky

Studio works

I’m posting some images showing my studio….maybe of interest to you. Working on a couple of pieces at the moment, one being a little larger than usual. And yes, there is a lime green door, and a magenta pink cupboard side.