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My artworks are pleasurable, contemplative expanses that draw the eye. They are intense abstractions of humanity marked by a balance of movement within the space. They encase equal parts of sensation and inquiry. When creating a new work I have adopted a signature process in which I apply the oil paint in much the same manner as watercolours, though they inherently less yielding. That restriction allows for new approaches and methods. The results include brilliant, durable pigments rooted in mid-motion gestures. The palette and forms shift according to content and mood, but the inherent tenacity of effort remains consistent within this body of work. While giving credit to the advancements of the Abstract Expressionists, I take a decidedly contemporary approach. I use the movement of form and line to express desire and vitality. These methods extend the French Tachisme approach into this postmodern era. Key influences include Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Frank Auerbach, and Norman Bluhm. Kiefer’s watercolours, and especially Essence/Existence, provide a favorable visual and philosophical point of departure. Richter’s adoption of chance operations and other experimentations support endless lines of inquiry. Auerbach’s approach to the paint medium emboldens my non-traditional methods and I affirm Bluhm’s commitment to pleasure.

  • Edith Cowan University - MFA Fine Art & Studios, 1:1 2002

  • Edith Cowan University - BA, Art/Art Studies, General,1:1 1998

  • Canterbury Christ Church University - MSc, Mathematics &Computer Science 1:2 2012

  • Canterbury Christ Church University - BSc, Mathematics &Computer Science 1:1 (Hons) 2008

  • South Regional TAFE. A Higher National Diploma, ART/Art Studies, General 1994