Above and Beyond - 2017
I am primarily a landscape painter who is continually drawn to vast horizons and expansive views, with skies taking prominence. Living here on the coast offers endless opportunity to observe the turbulent tropical skies of Far North Queensland. The seasons shift and change, but for me, the wet season hails the beginning of the most visually interesting and inspiring time of year, and it remains at the very core of my work.
I work hard to create paintings that speak both to me and the viewer about the beauty that exists within this turbulent climate, so often taken for granted. Part of the creative process involves considerable time simply walking, watching, and sky gazing. My focus and fascination is the emotive atmosphere of the continually changing weather systems; for example the accumulative build up of the wet season, the calm quietude before a deluge, the anticipation before an ominous monsoon storm breaks, and the ensuing clearing skies and fresh atmosphere that eventually always follows.
Within the turmoil there is often a welcome calm, a quiet space, an optimism, and it’s these transitions I strive to capture.
I used pastels for many years which I enjoyed very much, but in 2014 I changed to oils, culminating in an exhibition featuring skies at the Cairns Regional Gallery. For this collection at VIVO I’ve continued using oils. The works involve refining a selective minimal palette to mix restrained colours and interesting greys, sometimes applied over hot coloured backgrounds, to describe the subtleties of colour, light, tone and form in the constantly shifting cloudscapes.
I hope these works inspire viewers to look up and above more often and appreciate the beauty of our climate in all it’s changing manifestations.