I originally saw my house from a road that looks down into our bush valley. At this time, 1969, I was renting my friend John Bevan Ford's house sited in the street above. John, previously an art adviser, had moved on to lecture at a teachers college.
|One of the bridges|
In 2011, when visiting friends in the UK, I visited Charles Darwin's home in Kent. Darwin has always appealed to me but what impressed me during the visit was the walk he established around his property and that every day he placed some flint stones at the beginning of the walk and kicked one off each time he walked around after which he went inside to write.
Walking around the track is always a reflective act and provides lots of images to interpret through art. The trouble for me is that the bush is a complex environment - capturing its essence is difficult. How much to simplify? Can it be interpreted through an abstract approach?
Photographs are easy and drawing is a lot slower but more rewarding - drawing from photographs I find is a good compromise.
|Small recent work|
Things never seem to work out as planned. Paintings seem to have a mind of their own and plans change with each stroke. I guess that's the essence of creativity in any area of life. Only time will improve my skill.
|Large painting - has changed over time|
|Playing with ideas|
|Large work in progress|