About The Artist
Creativity can come from opportunity, necessity, moments in time that have been of influence both conscious and sub-conscious or a combination of all.
Art is an emotional connection between the artist and the subject that may also connect with others. As the saying goes ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.
As a young boy growing up in Broken Hill I was influenced by the work of the ‘Brushmen of the Bush’ - Pro Hart, Jack Absalom, John Pickup, Eric Minchin. Each has their own unique style but the biggest influence has been Pro Hart who tested the boundaries using various techniques (air cannons, throwing paint from tins, intricate brushstrokes, flicking paint brushes, steel wool etc.) and different media (miner’s crib tins, miner’s helmets, canvas, Masonite, car panels, carpet etc.).
Pro’s subject matter was eclectic from ants, dragon flies and bush scenes to issues of the day and history, like life as a miner above and below the ground, events such as St Patrick’s Races, Australia’s Bicentennial and more.
For over 50 years my artistic creativity has been dormant until recently when I was introduced to a gifted South Australian artist Mark Lobert. Mark ignited the creative spark in me with his bright colour palette and broad subject matter (albeit his trademark is the poppy!). His technique is different and refreshing and he is happy to share with other artists.
I have had an idea in my head for as long as I can remember and so I started to paint using medical syringes and different gauge needles. Maybe as a son of a surgeon I was influenced sub-consciously as well as Pro Hart’s eccentricity?
Now I have introduced acrylic paint pouring and resin to my art combining with techniques learned from other artists I have created my own unique style.
COVID-19 has had a positive influence by providing time and opportunity to explore my creative side.
I paint for me first and if others enjoy the result then it provides immense satisfaction and pride.
I believe the destination is not as important as the journey getting there. That journey has many changes to the planned route and the experiences are valuable and open to share with any who may be interested.
Thanks Mum and Dad for starting me on my journey - who knows where it will lead me?