My works, through the eye of abstraction, attempt to capture the essence of the natural environment through thought and construction, and then the non-form, non-thought and deconstruction in action. The meaning of each work is metaphysical, symbolic and often iconic.
I paint outside in the bushland behind my house and work in rain or shine using the climate of the day to determine what media to work with. I feel connected to the natural environment and employ flexibility in relation to present conditions in terms of approach to imagery. The process is sometimes a battle where I have to resist the rigidity of the rules. Horizons dip, straight lines droop, and shapes fall away and so on. I deliberately skew symmetry to create a thread of discomfort – to interfere with ideas of how things should be.
My images are direct and personal responses to what’s going on around me. Coastal environments are in my blood and this consistently emerges as a theme. They describe places that we can touch through seeing – places where we might exchange some energy in our encounters. And there are layers of meaning; the strife of life ends up in there in some unpredictable way.