• The Ripple Effect
  • The Ripple Effect
  • The Ripple Effect

Reflections, the other worldly image that plays with our image perception. Puddles and water fascinated me as a child, as no doubt it has done for many. My winters as a child often involved laying in overflowing currents of water, outside our family home in the gutter or at a nearby creek. The patterns, coolness, shimmering of all things ablaze and aglow under the fire of winters sun. This day, jumping in muddy puddles with my daughter hark-en's  back to those early memories. Oil on tattered  off the frame canvas 500 mm x 1500 ...

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  • The evolution of an idea.

Recently I completed a course through Vic University, The How and Why of Modern Art. It's premise, that it's not about liking modern art, in as much as it is about understanding modern art. As a contemporary painter, it's crucial to understand the history and evolution of art and it's movements in order to draw from. The course makes you truly reflect on why are you making the works you do and what it is you're trying to relay to your audience. As an artist, I'm constantly absorbing and being influenced by other artists. In particular, the works of Monet, Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter. Both in terms of techniques and content but also in terms of their internal truth and their own reality. Not just re painting reality as if from an objective photographic like perspective. This piece is a culmination of those influences. Both Courbet and Cezanne began in various ways to challenge the b ...

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Merging Traditional and Contemporary Technologies

Sunday, January 18, 2015 In my last year of study, my thesis covered the relevance of the digital medium and the question of whether it could eventually take over the mediums of the past. It seems fitting that I explore these themes and ideas currently, merging the traditional oil painting with digital elements. Memory is a theme that keeps recurring in my work. Every moment is gone in the blink of an eye, creating a memory. Most of our thinking presides in our memories of the past. Given all the imagery and experiences of others we interpret from screens, it also plays into the question of what truly are our own memories and what are fabricated artifacts of computational images. This series seeks to juxtapose those two paradigms, one our direct experience and the other our virtual experience. One could argue our own subjective reality is a complete fabrication in of itself. Memories ...

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The Ocean Looks Longingly to the Sky

First layer in oils. Trying to get an idea of when to push on painting and when to stop. There seems to be a real art in its self of knowing just the right balance. Some paintings I feel, look beautiful with pencil lines and canvas poking through, a homage to the very process and act of making. While others require a more finessed approach. Once the initial drawing is correct it's a matter of feverish laying down of the palette then the canvas. Maybe a few more subtle tweaks and then leave it alone for a few days, to look upon with fresh eyes. There is only so much that can be done in one sitting and at 1 metre x 1 metre, only so many hours in the day between children and such to work. At this first stage of the painting I find it really important to get the whole image down, to blend colours and shift the paint. The second layer will best suit any refining or glazing elements. ...

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