Homage to Picasso

Homage to Picasso

Painted on Driftwood

23 x 40cm x 5cm

This piece in painted on driftwood found on my local beach. It is in homage to Picasso who is one of my inspirations.   

She is in the style of Picasso’s Dora Maar paintings. By some accounts, Dora Maar’s relationship with Pablo Picasso marked the end of her artistic career. When the young photographer took up with the older, celebrated artist in 1936, she was a rising star in Surrealist circles.

She is painted in acrylic paint and has a hook on the back to mount on the wall.

She is full of color and life.

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BOTANICA

Acrylic on Canvas

101cm x 152cm x 4cm

Large pastel coloured abstract painted in acrylic on canvas. This painting was painted in many layers to create texture and depth.  All the colours from the under layers show through to provide interesting character. Your imagination can interpret the various shapes and contours into flowers, leaves, butterflies, mushrooms, water ponds.

Each individual will see something different in this painting which was my intention, I like to make the viewer work to enjoy the painting.  I don’t want my pieces to simply be interior décor art but something individual and full of interest.

I hope you can see your botanical garden in this piece.

Spring Flowers Blue

Spring Flowers Blue

Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

610mm x 760mm

Painted for spring.  Flowers make you happy and their beauty always demands your attention. I painted this vase of colorful flowers to brighten up the home.

Painted in the impressionist style, the quick thick paint strokes give a liveness to the painting. I used tones of blue, turquoise, white and green.

Child’s Play

Original artwork painted in Oil on heavy duty stretched canvas.

It measures 1015mm x 760mm.

‘Child’s Play’ is a bright, cheerful, colorful image painted in a modern contemporary style in all the colours of the rainbow. It was painted with the view to add colour to the home. 

In this large piece I painted geometric shapes to create a pleasant image and used every colour I could manage. Are they children’s building blocks? could be! It would particularly suit a children’s bedroom or the nursery but at the moment I currently have it in my own bedroom as I love this piece and the colours make me happy.

Overcome by Nature

PENTAX Image

Oil, Paper (collage) utilising cold wax medium on board.

Measurements: 67cm by 98cm

An ethereal figure in the landscape is swamped and overwhelmed by nature.

The piece is painted in oil using cold wax medium and small pieces of collage scattered around the canvas to create a complex natural environment.

I prefer to use traditional oil paint and utilise many layers of paint to create interest and depth. I also like to include the human form in my work.

Here I have aimed to achieve an abstracted view of nature which is reacting to the negative impact of human contact, the figure represents humankind.  

Rising sea levels, unseasonably high temperatures and drought hint that Nature cannot take much more destructive treatment at the hands of humans.

Sittting under a Coolabah – Shades of Banjo Pattterson

Oil with cold wax medium on board.

PENTAX Image

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm

Eucalyptus are a passion of mine. We lived next to bushland and spent hours playing among gum trees as a child and the smell of eucalyptus transports me back to those carefree times.  

An iconic symbol that infuses Australians with a sense of place, is the Coolabah Tree.  Waltzing Matilda’s words ‘under the shade of a Coolabah tree’ raises goose bumps and confirms I belong – I am Australian.

When I paint, I usually include the human form and often a sense of what it is to be Australian.

This piece features the Coolabah tree; sitting underneath is a female figure, what is she doing there? 

In my practice my preferred medium is oil and cold wax, this enables me to utilise many layers of paint to create interest and depth. Myriad scratched and gouged layers of blues, greys, pinks plus whites are utilised to portray the Coolabah tree and female figure.   

 

Bitumen

PENTAX Image

Oil on canvas

Measurements: 121cm by 91cm

When we visited Tasmania, I immediately hit the bitumen.  Like a modern-day explorer, I use bitumen roads and highways to seek the natural beauty of Tasmania.  However, whilst these highways traverse and float over the land acting like a magic carpet to take me wherever I wish, combined with today’s ever-growing civilisation, they tend to mask the real Tasmania.

Method:

This piece is initially painted in many layers of blues greens oranges and purple to represent the colours of natural Tasmania – it’s beautiful trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and sky. 

This montage of colour is then covered in grey and white to represent today’s continual encroachment of buildings and development on the landscape.  Grey and white signifies tin, concrete and steel, all dull uninspiring colours.  Then over that, is painted harsh black to represent the bitumen. 

Tasmania’s natural beauty is hidden beneath civilisation. As we traverse the bitumen to get where we want to go, we must delve deep to see the natural Tasmania.  Look through the black, grey and white, it is there underneath, waiting to be discovered.