I appreciate the simplicity of water colour and try in my art works to keep the subject matter as uncomplicated as possible. Water colour is a wonderfully unpredictable medium which lends itself to surprising effects. In order to accentuate this, I allow spontaneous mixing of my pigments on the paper, picking up pure fresh pigment with each brush stroke and do not blend paint on a palette. This preserves the crisp clean luminous hues of the watercolour medium. I have transferred these techniques to oil painting and have resisted the temptation to use tried and trusted methods to apply pigment. Pigments are again mixed not on the palette, with paint applied directly to the canvas and a variety of techniques used to move it around. The results are, at times disappointing and need to be discarded. However at other times the results can be unique.
Whilst in the East Kimberly based in Kununurra, I have spent time with some of the Aboriginal artists in the area and am experimenting with different natural mediums including ochres and natural tree saps. My paintings provide a glimpse of the impressions of the Kimberley from 2 different perspectives. I feel the Kimberley has a male and female aspect to it. Close up it is hard, overbearing and unforgiving with extremes of temperature and rain which can be fatal. However from a distance the colours are more muted with a feminine softness and roundness with very female shapes. Good drawing skills are fundamental to good art works. It is often the simplicity of the drawings, subject matter and paucity of line that is so appealing. If you can capture the essence of a mood or emotion with some simple lines, often no more is required.