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

The Retreat

Having lived in the city all my life, and having experienced the archetypal cities of the world while travelling, I have found that my favourite creative space is one close to nature. I have even noticed how the work I do out of my city studio is different to that done in the Retreat House. My dream is to one day allow access to my Retreat House (under some kind of arrangement) to emerging artists. There is something in theRead more

The Final Wash(up)

This series of paintings is quite personal to me. Without overstating it, a friend of mine has needed multiple surgeries following a hit and run crime against him while riding his bike to work one morning. I have watched him from the first days in hospital (just out of ICU) all the way to watching him work out despite pain. So, the experience has raised again the nature of illness and recovery as a theme for me. Other related themesRead more

concepts of art

This is the way I previously described my work. “Organicity” is the concept that I coined. It really boils down to capturing the essence and form of Nature in paintings. In other words, all the lines and structures and repeated forms are all reminiscent of what you see in the world of nature. Energy forms are the parlance of physics, and so many paintings are an attempt to create a visual portrayal of energy, whether it’s electromagnetic or gravitational orRead more

Walking

Walking into the setting sun…across all societies, a walking through nature into the transcendent sundown carries great meaning. I’m not sure if it’s the sun or the path or the profusion of nature….there is an archetype of power at work here. For me anyway. Some people don’t even think in these terms at all. Some people see the world as an aesthetic and moral and spiritual flatland. Not here though…Read more

The purposeĀ 

This is one of the few posts you will ever see here that involves knowledge obtained directly from putting in many hours as a psychiatrist (as well as an artist). I just read an article by some self-appointed and probably well-intentioned authority on how to be successful as an artist. It Ofcourse boiled down to the thesis “keep building your reputation, your prestige, your rating and your profile”. In other words, keep working away at making yourself known by asRead more

Travel near water

I have travelled widely in this world, but I realise that the most amazing and stimulating places are near bodies of water. And there are not too many people around. Lakes are the archetypal sacred zone where memories and thoughts of the future merge into a sense of selfhood. That is why after seeing a lot of the world, I am more and more interested in this country and the Dreamtime. We have the most incredible water zones, and theyRead more

The opinions of others

Being a producer of art, whatever that is, one is exposed to a whole range of opinions and responses. It’s a fair question to ask “What do you think of the opinions people express about your art?” The bottom line is that I am not all that interested in praise or recognition. Rather, I produce paintings as a form of authenticity to myself and as a way of being true to my self. As a social being, I value feelingRead more

Ubirr, Kakadu

Recently we travelled to Kakadu and saw the ancient aboriginal rock art as the sun set on the distant horizon. Having travelled to many places in the wider world, it was a very special experience to see this part of our country. The ancient rock art reminds you of the highest, most authentic meaning art can offer you. Whatever it was, it was the opposite of art as commodity. It was art as spirituality, art as ultimate reality, art asRead more