Thursday, 15 August 2019

Gallery Open for Business

This week marked a very special milestone in my life as an artist. After many years of dreaming, thinking, planning and eventually constructing, my new studio/gallery was finally completed and opened to the public. It was almost 12 months since the decision was made to start the project and with the help of Ben the builder, Jules and I worked tirelessly throughout the year to build a new space that I could create and display my paintings. Like all builders, in the beginning we didn’t quite realise the many hurdles that would need to be overcome, but we finally got there!

After all that work, it seemed only fitting to launch the gallery with a reflective exhibition of works completed over the last four years, since our arrival in the beautiful Clare Valley…hence the name ‘Arrival’. The exhibition is part of the 2019 SALA (South Australian Living Artist) festival and is open the weekends 10am-4pm until August 25. Following SALA the studio gallery will be open every Friday and Saturday …please visit for details.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Exploring the REGION through Art

 I was thrilled to be invited to exhibit at a group show at Burra Regional Gallery for an exhibition simply entitled REGION. The exhibition would feature the works of four local artists but also include a broader selection of art pieces from the local art community. What particularly attracted me to the exhibition was the opportunity to explore the concept of ‘region’ and explore aspects of the environment that continues to inspire artists from the mid-north of South Australia.

In featuring my works for this exhibition, I found myself reflecting upon the term ‘region’ and how it might be interpreted within an art context.  There is of course the popular notion of a region being loosely defined as territories or sectors within the physical landscape, often denoted by certain recognisable features. Yet I would consider the term to be far less specific than that and one that has a distinctly softer edge.  For me the term ‘region’ suggests a comfortable sense of approximation that is determined by a certain degree of personal interpretation. Of course parallels could be made here with the creative process as well as the imperfect nature of art itself.  Each implies a lack of a definable boundary or a line to be crossed, with rather a more casual sense of being ‘thereabouts’.  This blurry notion of place allows for a natural and intuitive sense of appreciation. With this we permit ourselves the opportunity to respond instinctively to our environment and to transcend time through both recognition and memory.

The exhibition itself includes a lovely collection of pieces and much as I expected provides a vastly different interpretations of the theme. Each artist in their own unique way explores the the intrinsic qualities of the region through both time and space.

a 'salon' style presentation of my collection of works

'The Deepest Cut of All' - it is very apt that the Burra 'monster' mine is just
around the corner from the gallery

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Watershed Art Prize 2019

It was a pleasure to be nominated once again as a finalist for the Watershed Art Prize. This is a unique exhibition of art works that aims to shine a spotlight upon the increasingly important issue of water conservation.  The exhibition has continued to be supported by the Salisbury City Council and sponsored by the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management.

I was very pleased to be awarded third prize with my painting entitled ‘Banrock Reflections’. The piece was inspired by my first visit to Banrock Station and the beautiful wetlands of the north east region of South Australia.

As I discovered, the wetlands at Banrock Station are indeed very special. Emerging as an unexpected oasis amongst inhospitable surroundings, these scenic waterways attract a myriad of bird life. However, what I sought to capture in my painting was its tranquil sense of quiet and the beauty of flora interplaying with luminous light and reflections.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

‘Wonderlands’ Exhibition 2018

It’s been a particularly busy year that has culminated in an exciting exhibition at the Chancery Lane Gallery in Adelaide. The exhibition is entitled ‘Wonderlands and is open from November 23 through to December 22. The show is a dual effort, as I have the pleasure of sharing the space with painter and ceramicist Michael Carney…an artist that we will no doubt hear much more about over the next few years. 

This exhibition includes a broad selection of works completed over the last 12 months, but for me this show provides a chance to take stock and reflect upon what has been achieved in my own painting practice over the last few years. Like all artists my focus and direction continues to change and evolve as I slowly shape my own path along this wonderful creative journey. So it was especially nice to see so many of the people who have continued to provide encouragement and support at the opening night.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Art of Flower & Garden 2018

Its that time of the year again when the Burra Regional Gallery holds its annual exhibition ‘The Art of Flower and Garden’. This exhibition has maintained its long standing tradition of attracting artists from far and wide with a love for both the visual arts and the natural environment.

This year I entered two pieces and was pleased to be awarded the peoples choice award and a high commendation for ‘Palm Stripped Bare’

Friday, 10 August 2018

SALA Exhibition 2018

The ‘South Australian Living Artist’ Festival, better known as SALA, has developed into one of the largest visual art events in Australia, providing a focus for both established and emerging artists. Throughout August, the annual event continues to celebrate the works of a diverse range of artists working in a wide range of media from throughout the state.

This year I have ventured down south to Pruners Hut, McLaren Flat to display a series of works for an exhibition entitled ‘Roads Less Travelled’. As the name suggests this show is inspired by the landscapes and townships of regional South Australia.