Through my recent series of seascapes I hope to express the different moods created by time and weather. I have used softer and darker colours to achieve this usually in acrylic, pencils and oil paint. I think these reflect the atmosphere of the coastline with its ever changing sky, light, reflections and distant horizons.
This series is about landmarks and patterns in nature - looking at these from a new perspective. By simplifying natural designs and abstracting them I hope to highlight their uniqueness and add a sense of fun.
By using bright coloured, transparent oil paints these create effects that are quite unexpected. I work the paint over a smooth canvas then add texture by applying varying depths of paint with a pallet blade. Sometimes I drawn in random sketch lines for extra definition.
As an Aucklander I worked in the city. And while I loved the commercial buzz I also developed my creative side by studied Interior Design at ATI and helped the family set up a florist business.
Recently I studied at The Learning Connection in Wellington achieving a Diploma of Art and Creativity and have been extending my art business since then.
Fragrant lemons, the crisp beauty of peppers and amazing colours of the Comice pear - inspired these paintings.
Influenced by stories told of my great grandfather's connection with Kew Gardens and my own florist business experience.
By experimenting with various textures I wanted to add character to the paintings - for example I set in a base of patterned rice paper in the board preparation stage.