I love paint. I love colour. I love our natural world. These things inspire me to make art. The natural beauty of the landscape speaks to me, and I need to record it in a simple way that strikes a cord. Using acrylics, and occasionally oils, allows me to explore stylised interpretations of traditional landscapes and to put my own unique stamp them. My studio looks out over the sea, and living on a bush block I draw inspiration daily from the natural world. It is a wonderful environment for creating artworks. I am continually learning through paint. For me art is a form of meditation where my mind is totally immersed in my work. The magic moment when an artwork is completed gives me a sense of achievement. I like to bring joy to my work. I hope the painting gives the viewer a feeling of optimism from the freshness of colour and forms.
I wanted to showcase this lovely little stand of trees close to my home. They typify our coastal landscape – a bit rugged, alluring to the eye, and a haven for the cows in the heat of the summer. The backdrop of bush reflects a place to which these trees may have once belonged.
I guess I am a bit impatient. I like the quick drying aspect of acrylics and the freshness they add to my paintings, giving me the effect I strive to achieve.
The world is experiencing a huge crisis. I feel privileged to not only live in New Zealand, but to be in the position to be able to give pleasure through my artworks, to entrance the viewers for a moment or two and entice them into a piece of world that is full of positivity.