How would you describe your style?
My art is an abstract interpretation of the ocean and its surrounds, drawing inspiration from a lifetime of living by the coast. The use of intense blues mixed with hints of sky pink create a moodiness that encourages contemplation and thought. The blending of paint through several layers creates an atmospheric, hazy effect; it evokes a sense of calm and quiet.
Have you always been drawn to art?
As a young child, art was encouraged at home by my father, who was quite creative. He worked as a builder, but also painted and drew at home. In his later years, he worked with leftover stone to make sculptures in our garden.
What materials do you work with?
I work with acrylic paint on canvas. I learned to paint with acrylics, so it all feels very familiar now. I like the way the paint moves on the canvas; how it blends and how it reacts with a lot of water.
Where do you go to get inspiration?
The ocean – I could stare at it all day long. It brings me such peace and calm. I have spent a lot of time over the years in the Margaret River region, where I gather the main inspiration for my work. The coast in that area is insanely beautiful; it always surprises me. I try to convey that in my work: the continual delight and surprise in each new layer of paint.