Viridian Nude

Viridian Nude

Acrylic on canvas

915mm x 610mm

Created: 2019

Painted in tones of viridian green with touches of blue and purple.

My nude sits on the rocks watching the waves below.

Her shoulder and left side have kisses of a warm copper paint to represent the sun caressing and warming her skin.

As I normally paint in many layers, this canvas has many, many layers of paint to build up the texture of the figure, waves and rocks.

I want to encourage the viewer to gently run their hand over the canvas to feel all the bumps and ridges.

Will she jump in to enjoy the cool water or will she just sit and watch?

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SUN LOVING SPECIES IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT

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SUN LOVING SPECIES IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT

Oil on Board using wax medium

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm

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!

Overcome by Nature

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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.

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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.