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. This scene from Genesis resembles my house. Partly because my house shows the signs of scarcely holding together over a...

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...

‘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...

Thistles and Anemones

Thistle and Anemone was painted over several months this year, and recently sold at the All Saints Anglican Church Floral Display and Art Show. It was a lovely show to be a part of, involving both local artists and floral designers.