“I USED TO DREAM OF PAINTING
AND NOW I PAINT MY DREAM.”
Vincent van Gogh

Approximately 10 years ago, 3 decades after the initial creative stirrings in my school years I restarted my art journey. Although ‘real’ life had ruled in the interim, my artistic passion was always there, quietly simmering away in my soul until I could no longer contain it. Although I class myself as ‘self-taught’, I have studied and learnt from the best. Several workshops with well-known NZ landscape artists later, and as well...
Approximately 10 years ago, 3 decades after the initial creative stirrings in my school years I restarted my art journey. Although ‘real’ life had ruled in the interim, my artistic passion was always there, quietly simmering away in my soul until I could no longer contain it. Although I class myself as ‘self-taught’, I have studied and learnt from the best. Several workshops with well-known NZ landscape artists later, and as well as studying many books and online tutorials, I find myself on the path that I truly want to travel.   I now live in and paint the beautiful Catlin’s area in the south east of New Zealand’s South Island, fortunate enough to own my own studio and gallery space. My art is evolving, whereas before I painted careful renditions, now I find with oil I’m almost abstract with my landscapes using big bold brushstrokes and buttering thick paint on with a palette knife, and with watercolour letting the pigments run freely searching for the essence of the scene. It is more about my feeling and/or connection to surroundings than a perfect copy. The Catlin’s area has something raw and spiritual about it that draws me and at this time, is just what my artistic soul seems to need and thrive on. I spent my childhood years growing up in Central Otago, and am finding myself being drawn back there to paint, specifically the Maniototo and other remote areas. It is this solitude that I seek, and I experience an overwhelming sense of peace to be  somewhere where the only sound is perhaps a skylark far overhead, or the wind as it stirs the tussocks, truly being as one with nature....
Approximately 10 years ago, 3 decades after the initial creative stirrings in my school years I restarted my art journey. Although ‘real’ life had ruled in the interim, my artistic passion was always there, quietly simmering away in my soul until I could no longer contain it. Although I class myself as ‘self-taught’, I have studied and learnt from the best. Several workshops with well-known NZ landscape artists later, and as well...
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PLEIN AIR

(To paint in the open air.) The professional artists that I have been lucky to learn from have all said “ you must paint outdoors on site”. So…following their advice I have done so, and find it is what really lights me up, being part of the scene, absorbing, feeling and seeing my subject much more clearly than any photographic reference could. I used to paint mainly on A4 sized boards, using quite big brushes and a palette knife. This ...
(To paint in the open air.) The professional artists that I have been lucky to learn from have all said “ you must paint outdoors on site”. So…following their advice I have done so, and find it is what really lights me up, being part of the scene, absorbing, feeling and seeing my subject much more clearly than any photographic reference could. I used to paint mainly on A4 sized boards, using quite big brushes and a palette knife. This helps me to concentrate on what ‘s essential instead of detail and ensures speed in my work. In recent months I have progressed to rather large sizes, up to 1200mm across, as this is what fits across the open tailgate of my truck. I prefer to use clear primed linen and rather large palette knives. This really makes my soul sing.
(To paint in the open air.) The professional artists that I have been lucky to learn from have all said “ you must paint outdoors on site”. So…following their advice I have done so, and find it is what really lights me up, being part of the scene, absorbing, feeling and seeing my subject much more clearly than any photographic reference could. I used to paint mainly on A4 sized boards, using quite big brushes and a palette knife. This ...
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STUDIO/GALLERY

My art space is easily found on the Southern Scenic route in the tiny township of Owaka.

Open weekends and most days ...

My art space is easily found on the Southern Scenic route in the tiny township of Owaka.

Open weekends and most days throughout summer from approximately mid morning until late afternoon.

My art space is easily found on the Southern Scenic route in the tiny township of Owaka.

Open weekends and most days ...

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