Figures and Movement


Figures and Movement

Oil with cold wax medium on board.

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm

This contemporary and colourful piece is created using myriad scratched and gouged layers of oil paint in blue, yellow, orange and white.  The aim was to suggest many bodies in movement.  

This piece was inspired by all the active people I see whilst I’m at the gym.  My mantra these days is to use it or lose it, so I try to keep fit.

How many bodies can you see?

Are they working in the gym or running the streets?   A healthy body is a healthy mind!

Preparing New Boards for Painting

I always enjoy the time spent preparing new boards for my art pieces, I find it therapeutic as I can simply just do the work and don’t have to think. Another reason I enjoy this process is that I know when they are finished I can then start new work! So I am usually thinking when working on the boards about what I am going paint next – always a fun way to spend time.

I currently prefer to use plywood with a cradled frame instead of stretched canvas. This is because they are more stable, solid and longer wearing plus I can scratch and gouge into the paint without having to worry about damaging the canvas.

Each board’s sides are protected with masking tape because they will finally become a frame for the painting therefore it is important to keep them clean.

The board is then painted with 3 layers of Gesso with a light sanding between each layer.

Well I am now ready to commence a new piece.

Fat Cat at the Window

Fat Cat at the window

This contemporary and colourful piece is created using myriad scratched and gouged layers of oil paint and cold wax medium in a myriad of colours. 

I like to have fun and not always be serious when painting, hence this slightly off-centre piece.  I painted this one for me.

The initial background was made up of many colours laid down on the board with bits of collaged pieces of my various coloured patterns here and there.   I have a collection of previously prepared pieces as I often spend an hour or so preparing a collection of colours and geometric shapes by using acrylic paint on tissue paper.  I then save these and cut them up for use whenever I think they may add to the depth and texture of a painting.  It is a good way to immediately add interest and quirkiness.  True they may be covered up in the following layers but some pieces do peek through and add interest.

I kept adding layers of colours which are scraped and gouged into the paint to allow the underneath layers to show through.  I did this for a while and then stopped, stood back and looked at what I had achieved. 

I use reflective time to allow me to get a feel of what is on the board.  I try to see if any image is emerging? 

In this instance I could see a cheeky fat cat sitting looking out of the window. A lovely lamp sits on a coffee table nearby.

Do you like Mr Fat Cat?

I Love Shopping


This abstract is fun. My young fashionista is happily shopping in Surfers Paradise carrying large shopping bags full of trendy clothes.

Method: Oil with cold wax in many layers of paint scratched and gouged to create interest and depth.

It is not a large piece, it is only 61cm x 45cm xc 5cm.

This piece was painted for the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Awards and I was lucky enough to get to be a finalist. I was very pleased.

Surfing at Laceys


Surfing at Laceys

Painted on Board

40 x 40cm x 2cm

I walk the beach at Lacey’s next door to the mouth of Currumbin Creek each day and I love to watch the surfers catching their waves.  Alongside Currumbin Creek, Lacey’s is a popular spot for serious surfers.

Painted in oil with cold wax medium on a cradled board. This is another piece in my Smaller Art Collection. I create these small pieces for those homeowners who do not have wall space for large pieces of art.  I believe everyone should live with art, I hope these small pieces enable them to live with art in their home.

Why do we need art in our home?

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Why do we need art at home? It doesn’t have a practical purpose as does furniture, lighting or curtains. However one of the main reasons is, is that art has a very powerful emotional impact on us as it concentrates thoughts, aspirations, feelings and fears of a person who created it.  Myself as an artist, an empty wall or table just cries for attention. I see these as great places to display art.

In most instances artwork is often brought as the finishing touch. It’s one of the elements that can instantly warm up a space and make it feel like home. Art can also expand a space both visually and emotionally, give us a window to the world, add colour, create a theme, and infuse welcome doses of personality and interest in a room. Another reason for having paintings at home is that it can drastically transform the space: make it look bigger, enhance the colour scheme and correct proportions of furniture.

Artwork should appeal to you as you will see it every day and you have to really like it. When it comes to buying art many people are stuck when making a decision. How to choose the right one? Which one will suit the house? Will it be an investment or a loss of money?

Sometimes you fall in love with a particular work, buy it and then you build your home decor around it. Painting in that case serves as a primary source of inspiration: you may pull out the colours, textures and shapes from it and then introduce them in interior design through furniture, accessories and textile.

Another common interior design trick is repetition of colour. If you have a painting with lots of blue, introducing the same colour somewhere else in the room will create a feeling of continuity and flow. This can be done through accessories – decorative cushions, rugs, vases and figurines.

However as an Artist, I have the luxury of being able to paint my own artworks to suit our existing room colour, furniture, rugs and accessories.

To this end I have just completed the artworks for our living room.  We have a large comfortable sofa and 2 beautiful single wing chairs which are covered in rich and colourful materials. The walls are off white and the floor is a lovely redwood timber floor.

Wall PoppiesWhat we needed the artwork to do was to add pops of colour. We would then finish the room off with colour co-ordinated cushions and throws.

The main sofa is covered in a cross between olive green and lime. Therefore to add the pop of colour we wanted, I chose the colours purple and lemon for the main artwork above the sofa.  The piece is an abstract painting of purple and lemon poppies.  I am very happy with it and it sits beautifully above our sofa.


The second painting was to go over our two wing chairs which are covered in a lush leaf pattern of green, lime and white.  Because of the bold pattern in the covering, the painting to go above these chairs needed to be much gentler in pattern and softer in colour.  So for this piece I painted an image of wattle flowers and branches.   Again, I am happy with how this piece fits into the room and it feels like it belongs.

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