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I grew up on the south coast of Sydney Australia. Art and drawing have always been a driving passion and a large part of my life. I attended Art College in Sydney in the late 90’s, majoring in oil painting. Upon graduation, I went on to further study Commercial Art and Illustration.
I have worked in the Commercial field now for over 30 years. Unfortunately the nature of the commercial industry serves often in stifling many artists creative freedom of expression, as they begin to develop mass amounts of work far outside of their personal creative passions. Having come to this point (a few times) during my ventures in Commercial Art, I have turned once again to feed the personal artistic passions I have always held so dearly.
A quite positive note on the Commercial arena is that it does certainly afford an artist great grounds to expand their arsenal of tools (not to mention, feeds oneself also). The technological and electronic media that is now made available to all is really quite astounding. And the rate at which it has improved at traditional replication is wonderful!
At present I am embracing all that I have gleaned from my years in the field, and melding it with my traditional training and practices. Creating works that bridge many of the traditional and ‘high-tech’ contemporary disciplines.
Inspiration is literally everywhere. Having spent the majority of, and certainly the formative years of my life in Australia, there is no lack of magnificent diversity of Flora and Fauna. And having spent the last couple of decades residing in Denver Colorado, I find a new set of these natural inspirations available.
From animal life to nature’s seasonal extremes, and deserts to oceans, life teems with subjects that deserve exploration. Life is a gift! It is full of movement, variation, a continual passage of time that relents never. There is a story in every moment, every breath, tear, laugh. Life moves!
There is a particular rhythm that runs through life. When everything goes crazy in life, I used to get my perspective at the coast. Sitting on a cliff above the ocean. Whether it was simply lapping on the shore, or blustering in violent heaving waves and winds, there is always a constant rhythm that runs through it. I now find this same rhythm, far from the ocean, on the rivers of the Rocky Mountains. Whether churning and roaring during spring run-off, or bubbling like a small brook in late summer, the rhythm remains the same.
All of life harbors this rhythm. We just have to be able to listen for it. I think that this is what inspires me the most. It is what drives artists to put down marks to somehow record and capture it.
The impressionists are the artists that originally most inspired me; they caught the rhythm of life. Artists like J. M. W. Turner, particularly in his works like ‘Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842’, captured my imagination. Movement was paramount, looseness and expression where key, and composition is captivating.
The Expressionists also lend a hand in their bold use of statement, in color and concept. An Austrian Expressionist, Egon Schiele, is very high on my list of inspiration. A skilled draftsman, with use of sinewy lines, and emotive quality of color, he rendered images as he interpreted them and not as they likely appeared to others.
I strive to capture similar traits in my own excursions in expression. I want freedom to be ever present, capturing emotion, thought, attitude, fluidity, movement, and the elusive “moment”. I want the rhythm of the moment to dance through my work. I want to invite others into that moment.
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