Recent White Outs

This is another one in my sculptural, tactile series of “White-Outs”. Meant to run your hand over the surface. It is moving into the most sculptured surface available to a non-installation artist or a non-sculptor. That’s the idea anyway. It is organicity rediscovered and revisited. It is the ancient cave paintings in the Kakadu.    Read more

Optimism…versions

I have just completed a series based on the concept of optimism. Each version involves paint-overs and re-doing / re-washing. I have at least three versions of practical optimism in mind. First, a hopeful default position as the foundation of all thought. Two, a cognitive bias toward positive memories. Three, a decision to favour a best case scenario despite frightening odds against you.  Here is one version:Read more

Unexpected Kindness

This painting has the vibrance of the feeling of gratitude following an act of kindness. There is great power in being in the light of the feeling of gratitude for kindness. The world is full to overflowing of cynicism, hatred, egotism, narcissism and self-loathing. We traumatise each other as a way of life. So when kindness is suddenly shown to exist again, one can feel energised and re-engaged in the optimism of gratitude. That’s why this painting is passionate andRead more

painting inspired by Tokyo

This painting comes from watching the traffic of sunset Tokyo snaking through the city as I watched from the top floor of a hotel. The painting is calming despite the complicating, crisscrossing force intertwining throughout the streets of the great capital. We continued our trip into the mountains and saw the sacred and quiet side of Japan. But I needed to paint the city as it is such an important part of modern Japan.  Read 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

Internal Chemistry in Flux

Here I am thinking about how when something changes our brain chemistry, and we are left wondering where is Self ? where is the true identity and has it been changed as feelings and even attitudes to life are temporarily altered? The Eastern philosophers say the Self is the Eternal Witness…it is not an object, like feelings, ideas, perspectives. It is that in which these things happen.Read more

A Studio in the Forest

I occasionally use this hexagonal studio that lies in the forest of a hinterland. The place has a very different atmosphere than my home studio. It’s almost as if the presence of the original builder (a sculptor) was still occupying the building. But today was different. The flow was flowing and the studio was alive with new pieces again.Read more