The Daughters of Colin Clark

My portrait ‘The Daughters of Colin Clark’ is a finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Prize. Here are some thoughts regarding its genesis and the painting that inspired it. There is a remarkable portrait by John Singer Sargent of the four daughters of a friend of...

Little things

“Little things console us because little things afflict us.” – Blaise Pascal, Pensées I have always painted small. This is partly because I have never had much space to work in – my studio currently consists of two square metres in the corner...

Daisies in Celadon

Thou liv’st with less ambitious aim, Yet hast not gone without thy fame; Thou art indeed by many a claim The Poet’s darling. -William Wordsworth, To the Daisy Ginger coloured daisies from the local market, painted for an Aunt who does not know it yet. This...

Roses in Progress

Underpaintings…how I miss them when they’re gone.   The awkward, in-between stage:   The days are getting shorter here in the Southern Hemisphere – before I knew it the morning sun was gone. So painting was suspended due to shifting light,...

Why Beauty Matters

I found this free documentary a while ago and thought I’d post it here for those who read my blog. I cannot recommend this documentary highly enough. If you’re interested in the idea of beauty, if you feel the lack of beauty in the current culture, or if,...

‘Nell’ in the Mosman Prize

Some good news to report. My portrait of Nell has been selected for the finalist’s exhibition of the 2016 Mosman Prize. It hangs beside some very lovely art in the Mosman Gallery, until the 25th September....

New Work in the Ainslie All Saints Show

This is one of three small works I will be hanging in the upcoming Ainslie All Saints Art Show and Floral Display. This one is 20 x 30 cm and oil on panel. The rose was an unusual rust-red and well along when I bought it – its worn outer petals, along...

Winter Plein Air Painting

A cold but beautiful day outside painting with Rob Laaring. The still water and undisturbed reflections of the shoreline made for a very contemplative scene. I only had about half an hour before the sun came out and transformed the place. …The sunshine also...