I hope that viewers will enjoy looking at the various works on this page. They are a mix taken from short holidays around Victoria (Australia), inspiration from old family photographs and scenes from photos taken by colleagues who have kindly given permission for them to be used. In the case of Firestorm on Ash Wednesday, this was a work inspired by historic events but not taken from any particular scene.
Please note the red dot next to the artwork images in this gallery indicate that the artwork is sold or not available from the artist.
Atmospheric III as it's name may indicate is the final of a set of three works experimenting with water colours and some of the techniques used by various artists such as Turner, to leave out a lot of detail and concentrate on the play of light, colour and atmosphere to create distance and mood.
Indian and Chinese inks on water colour paper of the Chinese style of ink and wash painting. The piece is done with the bamboo done in Chinese and Indian inks more in the traditional Chinese style of painting. The "Janice Twist" is done in the mounting of the work. I have placed it behind two matts, one of which is divided into sections. This was to give an even more oriental look to the work.
We took a brief break in the beautiful township of Bright a few years ago and I made sure that I came home with heaps of photos for future reference. My family comes from the area of Victoria so it is always good to go back there and see distant rellies roaming around as well as being treated like a local! This view is looking up the gully along the Ovens River. The photo has been cropped quite a bit as I was not so much interested in the foreground as the bridge and the ripples in the river. I have never tried to paint a rippling river in pastel before, so this, my first attempt has been a big learning experience. I hope everyone enjoys the result.
Water colour on 300gsm Archer's water colour paper of one of the main streets in Bright, Victoria, Australia. Many of the modern features of this street have been removed to give more room to enjoy the buildings, the trees and the lovely shadows being cast across the roads. The main feature of this part of Bright are the beautiful buildings, the trees lining the roads and their fantastic backdrop of the mountains of the north east corner of Victoria. I just had to paint this scene as soon as I saw the colour of the building on the corner. Painting it reminded me of being there on one of the few trips I have been able to make back to the town where parts of my family first settled after leaving the arrival port of Adelaide on immigrating to Australia in the 1850s. We have a corner of the cemetery in Bright (knowing where the ancestors are is always a handy thing to know!).
Oil painting on board based on a photograph taken in Pearcedale (Victoria, Australia) in the early evening. It catches the sun striking a large formation of cumulus clouds which has been used as the main focus of the work. The original foreground of the photograph has been altered. A composite of images have been merged on to the painting to create a piece that tells a better story for the viewer.
This painting was inspired by an old photograph of a relative taken as a young boy on the family farm. It is set during the early 1960s in the Pearcedale area in Victoria. The photo was so much like the themes of artists of the Heidelberg School that I was moved to try my hand at it.
Cloud is based on a photograph by Stephen Welker taken of some of the beautiful cloud formations that occur in the Autumn in Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia. Whilst in the middle of the exacting work of a commission to paint Diamond Jim I was worried that I was getting a little too "tight". To help keep my painting style loose I decided to do something a little different just for myself.
Original oil painting on canvas completed in less that eight hours over 3 days. The subject is loosely based on the atmosphere of an outback sheep station in Central Australia.
This oil painting on canvas is based on a photo shoot in in the Dandenongs. The sun was fairly low and the shadows and highlighted distant valleys were so beautifully I had to take several shots. The valleys were filled with a soft golden light and the hills were turning a shade of cobalt in places where the shadows fell. The European trees nearer the foreground had a warm reddish tint with hints of cobalt and very cool green, then as your eye was drawn to the distant scene past the reservoir, the colours faded the a light blue/grey with bright golden sunlight touching the buildings and tips of foliage. All too beautiful not to paint - and this is the result.
This painting started its life as an ordinary landscape but I was discovering that it had no "drama" to it. It took a drastic turn a few days after the horrific bush fires of Ash Wednesday (Australia) in 1983. Moved by the events of the time I painted until 6AM to complete this work in one session.
Oil Painting of Australian gums done as a diptych mounted on framed board painted black. The frame is plain black and is addition to the size of the work.
This sketch is further proof that you can find great subject matter in your own neighbourhood. I am now in the habit of taking walks with camera in hand to find new material for paintings. Being in a farming/rural area, a lot of the nearby properties are artworks in the making at certain times of the day and certain times of the year.
The theme is a man going out in the very early morning in his little boat to have a quiet day of fishing. The atmosphere is quiet and the colours should reflect serenity and the coolness of a foggy morning as the sun starts to make its way through the haze.
Pastel painting of paddocks in the North Pearcedale area on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. The scene is taken from recent photos done on a "research walk" around the area. The artwork shows local paddocks as they change colour during the early weeks of autumn.
The subject of this painting was initially the mountains and clouds in the background. I was motivated by the Dandenongs (Victoria, Australia) in a similar state as seen from the car one evening. The rest of the painting grew out of my imagination from there. My intent was to keep the painting simple and "immediate" in its look which is what helped it win in a local competition.
Diptych style oil painting of gums on canvases, mounted on painted board (dark blue/purple). The board is mounted into a metallic silver frame.
Every now and then I like to have a look around for a place I would like move to to get away from it all. When we are driving to or from a holiday, or just going for a day trip, we often stop to look at properties for sale. Not only does this give us ideas for future living arrangements but if the area is very nice, it gives me subjects for artworks.
Heart of Fire came about whilst painting a commission for a local stud. I was trying to think of a way to keep my style "loose" so that I would not get too tight whilst doing the commission which was fairly exacting work. Suddenly one day an entire painting popped into my head. It was too enticing an idea to let go, so I rushed to my supplier to pick a up a suitable canvas.
Kakadu Dreaming is another painting taken from the photographs kindly offered for my use by Stephanie Cox. It is from the Kakadu National Park in Northern Queensland, Australia. The vivid colours are an instant attraction to the scene. Underlying this, however and probably more importantly, comes the serenity of the scene. There is an air of calm coming from this painting similar to my other painting, Kakadu Wetlands.
Oil painting, on canvas, of the Kakadu Wetlands, Northern Territory, Australia.
Mixed media on water colour paper of the Chinese style of ink and wash painting done with a personal twist. The piece is done with water colour washes covered by metallic acryllic washes, the bamboo is done in water colours and green Chinese inks, the cherry blossum is done in black Indian ink and "red" Chinese inks with the little yellow parts in the centre of the flowers done in acrylic straight out of the tube.
I have been having heaps of fun with pastels during the past eighteen months since mid 2009. I am pleased that my subjects are getting more varied and I am getting more and more satisfied with the final results. This little A3 size landscape reflects the joy I am getting from trying out new subjects for my steadily growing pastel collection. This rusty old milking shed is on a farm on the Western Port Highway, near Carrum Downs in Victoria, Australia. There is a lot of new development nearby and I don't know how much longer this view will be there so this artwork is a record of the original use of this property.
Acrylic painting derived from a photograph of a cow and calf grazing in a paddock on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
My love of William Turner and Australian Impressionism comes through here. I wanted to "play" with lighting and the way the sun filters through cloud and misty rain. I wanted to have a hint of what the landscape was through these effects and see what I could come up with.
Oil painting derived from photographs taken on a walk around the Pearcedale (Victoria, Australia) area for material for future artworks. This painting is just past the entrance to a rural property. With a little imagination and a few changes here and there, such as adding the sheep and changing the colours a little a very nice painting can be created.
Original oil and acrylic painting on canvas completed in a single sitting. The subject is loosely based on the atmosphere of an outback sunrise in Central Australia. The square representation of the sun is done is metallic paint applied very thickly for a bit more of a stand out effect.
Pen sketch on grey paper of Roman ruins, an early artwork in my career.
As a child my father took us fishing along this part of the Victorian coastline. The early morning light can be quite intense and the weather blowing in from Bass Strait can create striking effects. Such was the case for this early morning walker.
Water colour painting of paddocks in the Pearcedale area on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Taken from photos done on a "reseach walk" around the area.
From Spring to Autumn the sunsets over the Mornington Peninsula (Australia) can be very striking. This view was literally form our back door over the neighbouring properties. The trees had become silhouettes under the clouds which were picking up the various colours from the setting sun.
The theme for this work is racehorses on the track for their early morning gallop in the morning mist. The atmosphere is quiet and the colours should reflect serenity and the coolness of a foggy morning as the sun starts to make its way through the haze and over the top of the stands that are barely visible in the background. I decided to try this artwork after completing my recent oil painting Gone Fishing with it's atmospheric use of colour.
Water colour, metallic acrylics and ink on water colour paper of one of the bridges over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Taken from one of several prints photographed a few years ago by Matt Irwin. I have had them in storage waiting for inspiration and time to start some sketches and paintings. This year I sold the acrylic painting inspired by the print of this bridge and I had thought a few times of trying the subject in another medium.
Stephanie Cox supplied the original photo from which this pastel has been derived. Many distracting items (mostly in the form of bushes and trees) have been deleted so that to piece is less cluttered.
Acrylic painting of one the old bridges crossing the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.