“All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable, which makes you see something you weren’t noticing which makes you see something that isn’t even visible”Norman MacLean, Author “A River Runs Through It”.
I am Australian ‘en plein air’ and studio artist based in rural NSW, Australia. I am drawn to subjects with an interesting narrative and where I can capture the light, shadows and the mood. I specialise in painting landscapes, still life, figures and portraits and describe my approach as impressionistic and representational.
I’ve spent most of my formative years growing up in Canberra, Australia, except for the three years I lived with my family in New Delh,i India. My upbringing and knowledge of other cultures has sparked my interest in history and capturing story or narrative in my work. On returning to Australia in 1968, I lived and went to school in Canberra until my family purchased a 200 acres Merino sheep property in the beautiful historic village of Gundaroo NSW, about 40 minutes drive north of Canberra. Later I moved to Sydney and lived and worked for many years in advertising, marketing and professional fundraising roles with large several well known organisations. Today work full time as an artist and also occasionally as an Executive Coach and Executive Search recruitment specialist.
Whilst I have always been fascinated in art history, I did not pursue my interest in painting until 2007. Living in the country and or bush in Australia, instilled in me a deep sense of respect for all nature, its beauty and unpredictability. In my landscape work I look for the subtle tones, colours and shapes and paint by instinct enjoying being fully immersed in my subjects, applying careful researching, tonal and watercolour studies. As a passionate story teller and colourist I really enjoying painting a variety of subjects and getting outdoors. I also enjoy screenwriting, making short films and speaking Italian.
I studied watercolour under two master Australian watercolour artists, the late artist Noel Hart and Chan Dissanayake through the Australian National University Centre for Continuing Education Art School. I started teaching myself to paint with oils in 2013 and in 2021 completed a ‘Portrait in Oils’ online course with the great UK teacher and artist Mike Skidmore. I possess a diploma in performing arts and a Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) AGMC.