Quicken to Creation

The soul of Man must quicken to creation. Out of the formless stone, when the artist united himself with stone, Spring always new forms of life, from the soul of man that is joined to the soul of stone; Out of the meaningless practical shapes of all that is living or...

Life, with Measure

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. What does it look like when something is yet to happen? A quick glance around my house presents a plethora of potential...

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, to be...

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....