· Plein air painter
· Career spanning over 35 years
· Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW
· Paintings hung in private, corporate and institutional collections in Australia and overseas
· Represented in prominent galleries in Sydney, Blue Mountains and London
· Numerous awards and over 60 one-man exhibitions
· Occasional art judge, adviser and teacher
· Lives in Little Hartley, west of the Blue Mountains, NSW.
“You can read ad infinitum of the landscape painter trying to “paint his feelings”, “capture the light”, “render the mood of a scene”. There is nothing particularly new or unique in this ideology, developed in part through a natural progression of a very strong landscape tradition in Australia. It is sad to see these expressions misused, abused and over used to the point of becoming almost meaningless with insincerity.
Those statements are though, I believe, some of the more important aims and ideals at the core of the genuine landscape painter’s psyche. I, like others, do search for a means of expressing these qualities! I know for me these are genuine and worthy goals. In this, there is a dilemma I feel will test me.
It has been a long held opinion of mine that too often the work of the traditional landscape painter has been seen in an over-familiar sort of way. That is, known objects in the picture being seen superficially and assessed according to a preconceived understanding of those objects. How do I express my vision of the subject unambiguously. It’s not a technical thing as for example, in composition. It’s far more elusive than that.
I am doubting more often whether the direction I am taking can adequately reveal, for example, the thrill of gazing at the last rays of sunlight in the tree tops. I can paint something of what it looks like but I am trying to paint how I feel! I want my pictures to sing the songs I sang when I painted them. My hope is that if I can paint with the joy of that moment, something of my emotional responses to the moment will shine through.”