Most Australians live near the coast so going to
the beach is a popular leisure activity. I live on the Gold Coast so I
regularly paint sun surf and sand.
I love the human form; this piece shows a local sun loving
species in its natural habitat. Two
figures are revelling in the sun, soaking up its warmth; his face is turned toward
the sun however she is obeying Australia’s slip, slop and slap slogan and wears
a hat to shade her face.
Do you feel their languid repose as they nearly melt into
the sand – life’s a beach!
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.
Therefore, it goes to say that Gum Trees are a bit of a
passion of mine. I have painted many gum trees over the years and currently I’m
working on a new series of paintings of my beloved Gums.
Ghost Gums is one of this series. For residents and
travellers of Australia’s arid heartlands, it is the Ghost Gum,
ranging prominently across rocky slopes, red sand plains and arid creek flats
that typifies the outback.
Myriad scratched and gouged layers of blues, greys, pinks
and whites are utilised to portray the physical and historic attributes of the