trekking Japan

The most other-wordly trip I have ever embarked upon is a self-guided hike through the ancient pilgrimage routes of Japan. These paths exist in the mountains and you come across ancient Buddhist shrines as well as more modern but distinctly memorable holy places, such as this cemetery. Thank you Japan for keeping something special in the post-modern world where everywhere seems the same.    Read more

Sculptural paintings

A lot of my paintings are on the boundary line of sculpture. I use thick paste and paint to build up a surface that is three dimensional and is meant to have the hand run over it (just as much as the eye). Here are some examples.    Read more

TheToxic Workplace

What a challenge the toxic workplace is! That’s where you find the myriad forms of dysfunctional work culture lead by the many forms of dysfunctional power bosses. These bosses are one of the following, or a combination : hateful, undermining, indifferent / absent, blaming, abusive, callous and indifferent. These traits are often accompanied by a high level of hypocrisy and a low level of self-awareness. The workplace itself is characterised by repeated loss of staff, very low morale, silent resignationRead more

sunset and childhood

There is something about childhood memories of the sea. They stay with you forever. Something archetypal. These are taken in Italy. The epitome of freedom….forever pursued till the end of days.        Read more

Lattice painting

I became interested in nets and lattices as a metaphor for energy of all kinds some years ago. As an artist whose influences range from physics to Buddhism to psychiatry, energy is the common thread :emotional energy, the multiple energy forms in physics, the energy we confront in dealing with mental conflicts etc. So often times in my work you will see a colour and a superimposed interlacing lattice of lines. This is where the motif comes from. This paintingRead more

Ruins of a Colonial Gaol

Somewhere while sailing through the islands near New Celdonia, we came across this beautiful ruined prison in the forest, long sinced abandoned except for the ghosts of incarcerated souls. It was a French colonial prison. Why is it places of horror and suffering look beautiful when they are dead and gone to ruin?            Read more

More Ochre Studies

Living in Australia, having been to the great desert wilderness of the north (and centre), I cannot help but work with ochres over the years, again and again. It is the Earth, in depth. It always reminds me of how the original people of the country painted on rock using countless shades of ochre, and painted their faces too, thus connecting themselves yet again to that which produced the Dreaming. The Earth is the Dreaming.    Read more

dreams of trauma

I dream about the Trauma-Givers in the late morning just before waking sometimes. I am trying to escape them. These I interpret as archetypal malevolent figures that represent all the pain the world dishes up to us, especially the sensitive souls. A more sophisticated interpretation is that they also give us wisdom and experience as we move through trauma in a mindful, contemplative and active way. Sometimes you and I are the givers of trauma, even by accident.Read more

Yves Tanguy

I am influenced by the strange, expressive paintings of Yves Tanguy. Part of the early 20th century Surrealist movement, he was full of energy and a bit crazy but essentially free and an open channel for the Muse. How to interpret his work? Well, c’mon….have a go at that and get back to me.  Read more