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.
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.