Storm Coming, 30cm x 25cm, oil and acrylic on linen, 2015- sold

This is one of many plein air paintings I made at Middle Head on Sydney Harbour in the summer of 2015. A storm was coming and I was forced to abandon my work in a huge downpour. The oil paint was starting to slide off the work. When I got to my car the sun came out and carried my gear back to the site and finished.

Balls Head to Blues Point Tower, 61cm x 46cm, oil and acrylic on linen, 2016

This is a plein air painting made a Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. The Blues Point Tower is seen by many as an eyesore because of it’s somewhat arrogant and intrusive location on one of Sydney’s beautiful headlands but I like it’s simple Modernist lines and colour. It, like the Harbour Bridge behind it, is a part of our history.

Yarramundi in Flood plein air 3, 107cm x 66cm, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2015

I spent more than a week painting the flooded rapids of the Nepean River and made 4 of these paintings. I was thinking about Courbet and the early 19th Century plein air painters and trying to get a feel for the way they saw things and the tonal treatment they gave their European landscapes. This one is pretty big and detailed for a plein air work and I’m pleased with the way the rocks show through the water.