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.

Afternoon Shorebreak at Scarborough, 153cm x 80cm, oil & acrylic on linen, 2015- sold

I’ve been asked why so many of these pictures have the vertical and horizontal drips running through them. Firstly, it’s a pictorial device, it makes the work more interesting to me and allows me to introduce more colour. I often paint from my photographs but I’m not trying to paint my photographs. On another level, it allows me to suggest the forces that bring about change in a landscape- water, gravity and heat over time. Everything is in a state of flux, nothing remains the same and anyone who goes to a beach on a regular basis can’t help but notice.