Selves in Spaces

  Another interesting way of doing self-portraits (or portraits generally, for that matter) is to focus on the home space, the studio space or the work space. The idea is earth-shatteringly simple: the places we inhabit most of the time contain a part of our essence and act like mirrors that reflect the bigger question of True Identity. For example, there are two places excluding work that I inhabit and feel like they reflect back at me my own identity.Read more

The ghosts of the forest studio

Sometimes I don’t get a chance to visit my bush studio for weeks on end as I live in the city. When I do get there, it’s an interesting experience to follow a path in the forest to enter a roomy studio with familiar and large paintings that seem to be made by someone else. (Generally I feel most “good” artists are the best at opening themselves to that creativity that surrounds us.) So the bush studio feels like aRead 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 studio

I’ve had many studios in my life, some huge, others a little cramped. Even though I now live in a biggish house, my studio feels small because of all the materials in it. Studios are great spaces as they are the workshop of the artist and are hopefully a place where authenticity and practical productivity meet. Here are some recent shots of mine. I’m lucky enough to have access to a second studio hidden away in bush land which isRead more

studio in the treehouse

  This is the treehouse studio, hidden in the hinterland far away from the city. There is a feeling of isolation that is positive and invigorating. At the same time, it can be a spooky late at night for city people like me. Like having a fire in the forest around which the early peoples danced, having a hexagonal, high-ceilinged studio on a ten acre block of forest is more like a place of worship rather than a utilitarian workRead more

nocturnal paintings

Painting at night out in the bush studio, these paintings quickly took shape as energies and as atmospheres. The sound of the night, the cool night air, the insects of the night : all of these sensory elements combine to give you a feeling. That is the Night. The atmosphere of the Night. Energies that cannot be easily described.    Read more