My focus is on raw nature in the landscape. The small and common is given close scrutiny with a view to exposing the the extraordinary fragility and beauty there.The ongoing consciousness of the loss of biodiversity under population pressure drives my thinking as well as a childhood on a coffee plantation in South India where the natural world was dominant and wildlife a commodity seen as infinite and to be exploited.
Scientific illustrations inform some of the layout of my prints but don’t want to be merely descriptive. I hope to convey the mystery inherent in the natural world. Some ideas are informed from my back garden, others from the hills environs, the wheat belt, Gibson and Great Victoria Desert and many South West locations.
My love of lino print stems from a reaction against the digital, the mass produced and over exposure to advertising.
The beauty of the Japanese woodcut and the unique state properties of a hand crafted work with all its technical skill excites me.
My art practice since graduating has evolved through experimentation with oil, acrylics watercolours, objects and portraits but my focus has always been the landscape of this country and its wild inhabitants. Inspiration comes from Richard Attenborough, Queensland artist Bill Robinson and artist John Wolseley whose statement (below) stays with me as a mantra:
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