What inspires me…

When I look at my local ranges – the Tararua Ranges – I am lifted up with a sense of freedom. I am in awe of their rolling contours, their strength, their unmovable presence and grace.

My painting and drawing reflect this freedom, with lines and marks; steady and determined, light and delicate. I walk, I fly across my paper – I am the brush, the pencil, the pastels, the eraser, the piece of black velvet charcoal. With water I merge each mark and rework and re-walk each line, building layer upon layer. This process places my feet firmly in the land, my mark firmly on the paper, with this familiarity my relationship with the subject deepens, my appreciation grows, I am awake….my work is a melding of my spirit and the land, we are at that moment one.

“Found Myself Dreaming…”

“Found Myself Dreaming” 21″ x 8.5″ mixed media on Fabriano Artistico paper. Layers of ink, acrylic, water soluble crayon, pencil, and charcoal with a mix of brushes and tools. There were moments of ‘ugly’ in the process as there are for many paintings – you just have to keep going and see where the responses take you. The still image is a closer capture to the contrast of the work, the video was lit from above and I feel brightened the work somewhat.

Below is a quick slideshow of some of the layers of my process that went into this piece.

Oh love this!!

This link although a few years old is a wonderful example of capturing the beauty of flowers in a loose and intuitive way.

This way of working is so close to my soul as an artist. The beauty of flowers; their structure and form, their energy and colour and where they sit in the landscape.

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