abstract landscapes

Better late than…..

Most recent news (as of mid-February 2023):

I am happy to report that I have been selected as a finalist in both the 2023 John Villiers Outback Art Prize (Outback Regional Gallery 11 March – 7 May 2023) and in the 2023 Muswellbrook Art Prize, painting section (27 February – 29 April 2023).

This Exhausted Land
This Exhausted Land (triptych)

10 x 36cm mixed media on 10x10cm canvases
Finalist: John Villiers Outback Art Award, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, Queensland.
After Image

oil and acrylic on canvas 122 x 61cm
Finalist: 2023 Muswellbrook Art Prize for painting,
Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, Muswellbrook NSW

Before that……late in 2022, I was a finalist in 2022 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, contemporary section:

Fields and Boundaries

oil on canvas 102 x 152cm
Finalist: 2022 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Contemporary Section,
Campbelltown Art Centre, Campbelltown NSW
abstract landscapes

Winter work

Marking Time 2022
Charcoal, pastel and gouache on Hahnemuhle paper 122 x 80 cm
Worked over.
Wisps 2022 oil on canvas 61 x 122 cm
Worked over.
Seen Better Days (Remembering Granny) 2004 – 22 gesso & pastel on paper 62x84cm
(This work will probably go through the wringer again and re-emerge in a new light, again).

Observational drawing is a practice of mine where I don’t have to think too much. The subject sits undemandingly, in front of me and doesn’t ask for anything. It’s a good way to de-stress.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Covid comforts. I worked on small mixed media works during the 2021 lockdowns and on the occasional large work (some still in progress).

Stormy Weather series

Each of the small works has a torn edge and is float mounted with a dark timber frame. the two larger works are float mounted with a limed timber frame. All are mixed media on Hahnemuhle paper. Unless otherwise indicated, all are for sale.

Distant Storm 11 x 8.5cm
Crashing Shoreline 11.5 x 15.5cm
Gale Force 10.5 x 8 cm
Into the Wind 10.5 x 8 cm
Rough Surf 11.5 x 16 cm
Sand Bar 12 x 7.5 cm
Shallows 11 x 9 cm
Winter Winds 11.5 x 8 cm

Wangaratta Watercolours

Out of the storm and into the calm.

A very short escape to the outskirts of Wangaratta on the Ovens River in Victoria resulted in some small watercolours painted en plein air. All are WN watercolour and graphite on Magnani paper and all are float mounted and framed with thin dark timber, with the exception of “Unsettled Landscape”, which has a limed timber frame. All are for sale.

River Beach 10.5 x 8 cm
River Valley 9.5 x 7 cm
River Walk 12 x 14.5 cm
Unsettled Landscape 10 x 15 cm

Peachy Beachy works

Randomly chosen and reworked. Each is gouache and Sennelier ink on paper and each measures 13 x 18 cm. Each is float mounted and framed with a limed timber frame.

As the year moved on, my work got calmer.

Washing those thoughts away
When we were young
Ocean (Hawkes Nest)

Postcards from the Beach

All of these works are float mounted and framed in a dark grey timber frame. They work well as a set but could be displayed separately. They were all started one long weekend at Greenwell Point on NSW south coast and finished in 2021 in my studio. They are pastel and gouache on Khadi paper. Each work measures 11 x 15 cm.

Long Shadows
Into the Sun

Finally, back to the Gymea Lily

The Gymea Lily is a magnificent, majestic primeval flower that towers above the ground and is found mostly on the east coast of NSW, especially around Sydney. It has sword-like leaves more than 1 metre long and it grows a flower spike up to 6 metres high. They are beautiful!

I tied this lily to an easel with its stem dipping into a bucket of water, and over 3 weeks, I drew it. I was keen to incorporate the slow opening of the flower over time and to capture that within one drawing. That first drawing traces the slow changes that the lily was starting to go through.

This work is framed with a generous sized neutral mount and a plain matte black frame. Total dimensions are 140 x 106 cm.

The Majestic and Primeval Gymea Lily 104 x 74 cm pastel and charcoal

Then, as time went on, another work was created. This watercolour is float mounted and box framed in a dark red /brown timber frame.

Withering Gently 72 x 43cm watercolour and ink on Hahnemuhle paper. SOLD

Finally, to end the year, this watercolour of the lily was created with gusto. Good bye 2021!

Frazzled 76 x 51 cm watercolour, ink and graphite on Stonehenge paper adhered to a stretched canvas. SOLD