New Works & Works in Progress

Over the past few yearsI have been finding a new direction appearing in my work.  This has actually been a return to the more abstract element of my earlier works and I have been very happy with some of the results.  The necessary season of realism had its purpose though...restricting as it started to feel towards the end.  Through that season had come a firmer knowledge of the landscape I was so much relating to.  The other landscape that I had drawn upon from my spiritual journey could now be blended with this new knowledge....and the good thing was the recall I had in my inner visual eye which left me no longer tied to my reference photos.  This was a great release and it showed in my work. 

I also was starting to use much more gestural marks using charcoal both at the beginning and throughout my works.  This drawing called "Charred" was a trigger...although it is a realistic portrayal.  I loved the strong lines and darkness I could achieve and begun to use them more and more in my landscape inspired works.

I have recently added more works to this site and you are invited to scroll down and see how living and working on the Gold Coast is influencing my painting.

"CHARRED"   Pastel on canvas $1000   which was shown at the Yurara Art Society Exhibition "Back to the Future" at the Redland Regional Art Gallery in 2015.   

"CHARRED"   Pastel on canvas $1000   which was shown at the Yurara Art Society Exhibition "Back to the Future" at the Redland Regional Art Gallery in 2015.   

"Mountain...Ascending/Descending $1200 Selected for printing on  the invitations for Redlands Creative Alliance "Linkages" Exhibition and displayed at Redland Regional Art Gallery in 2015.....  currently on display  at  Hilier & Skuse Gallery at Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise.

"Mountain...Ascending/Descending $1200 Selected for printing on  the invitations for Redlands Creative Alliance "Linkages" Exhibition and displayed at Redland Regional Art Gallery in 2015.....  currently on display  at  Hilier & Skuse Gallery at Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise.

Using my iconic Mountain Theme ... This painting began a new journey about ways to mountain and the blockages and barriers experienced along the way.

"On Finding Carnavon"  Acrylic + Charcoal on Canvas Price $950    Currently on display at Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast.

"On Finding Carnavon"  Acrylic + Charcoal on Canvas Price $950    Currently on display at Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast.

This is a painting of many layers done after a trip to Carnarvon Gorge a while ago. It was a very frustrating trip as our physical condition was not up to the difficult terrain and we found that entry into the places that we wanted to go was impossible for us.   This painting attempts to convey the barriers both real and imagined that confronted us.  Life's journey is like that at times and sometimes we are only able to glimpse the perfection that we so much want to view.   This painting  won First Prize at Yurara Art Society's Easter Exhibition in 2015..  (Actually it was awarded the Drawing Prize and that made me quite happy as that has ben the direction I have been concentrating on recently)

"...and Inaccessible Ways"   $1100 

"...and Inaccessible Ways"   $1100 

This painting is about the way to the mountain and the blockages and obstacles that force themselves upon us almost as in warfare against any further pathway forward.  Whether real or imagined to the viewer they seem impassable, but to the experienced traveller there will always be a way through when sought after through the Infinite Guidance of  the Creator of all life.

"Journey Within...Surface Breakthrough"   $1400Shown at the Yurara Art Society Exhibition "Back to the Future" at the Redland Regional Art Gallery, Cleveland, Qld.  2015 and now currently displayed at Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast.

"Journey Within...Surface Breakthrough"   $1400Shown at the Yurara Art Society Exhibition "Back to the Future" at the Redland Regional Art Gallery, Cleveland, Qld.  2015 and now currently displayed at Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast.

Whilst in Carnarvon I took a photo of a large tree with its roots really embedded in a huge boulder.  I loved the way its roots went right down into the earth...it had grown there as a small tree and almost split the rock that it was embedded in.  The theme of drawing life from The Rock emerges in this work with images that are almost like fossils having lived their lives once and they are now forever within the life that they once sprang from.  Others are making their journey.  A strange light marks the way for the earnest traveller.

Here below are some of my works which are almost finished or still in a state of flux....in progress so to speak. (This one directly below is now framed.

This is a mixed media on paper with Charcoal and Acrylic dominant.   It is about life within the Rock  It is now framed and was hung in my  exhibition at Aspire Gallery and is currently being shown at the Hillier & Skuse Gallery in Bundall Rd. Surfers Paradise. The title is  "....OF HIDDEN PLACES"  and the price is  $975 (framed under glass)

This is a mixed media on paper with Charcoal and Acrylic dominant.   It is about life within the Rock  It is now framed and was hung in my  exhibition at Aspire Gallery and is currently being shown at the Hillier & Skuse Gallery in Bundall Rd. Surfers Paradise.

The title is  "....OF HIDDEN PLACES"  and the price is  $975 (framed under glass)

On a new adventure here (Oils this time) Hidden and almost hidden images appear within and on the Rock's cliff face..clinging to and drawing life from it's mighty source. This work is now titled:   "Past Presences" and is priced at $875      

On a new adventure here (Oils this time) Hidden and almost hidden images appear within and on the Rock's cliff face..clinging to and drawing life from it's mighty source.

This work is now titled:   "Past Presences" and is priced at $875    

 

" Dance of Light"     reveals some barriers of old that have at last been broken down.   Oils on Canvas   PRICE:  $900

" Dance of Light"     reveals some barriers of old that have at last been broken down.   Oils on Canvas   PRICE:  $900

“Ascent is an Acrylic & Charcoal painting on board (framed) It is currently on display at Hillier & Skuse Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast. Price: $1100
”Life is a desperate quest through dangerous country to a destination that is beyond all our wildest hopes...indescribably good.” This quote by Eugene Peterson suits this particular work.
Burleigh Headland Walk was completed towards the end of 2016 and was shown in the Hillier & Skuse Gallery at Bundall. That walk with it's beautiful trees and magnificent rocks draws many visitors...yet it's feeling of intrigue and mystery is not tainted by human interference.   This painting is available for sale on Bluethumb and is priced at $1200.  

Burleigh Headland Walk was completed towards the end of 2016 and was shown in the Hillier & Skuse Gallery at Bundall. That walk with it's beautiful trees and magnificent rocks draws many visitors...yet it's feeling of intrigue and mystery is not tainted by human interference.   This painting is available for sale on Bluethumb and is priced at $1200.  

Gusty on the Goldie

Gusty on the Goldie is the result of quite a few trips to Main Beach at Southport and also sparked by a photo taken by my daughter of the  beach with her red and white striped towel in the foreground.  I at first painted a fairly straight painting of people just sitting on the beach with the towel just lying at the bottom edge of the painting.  This arrangement I found boring and having experienced many seasonal changes on beach days...I decided to "put a wind through it"   This painting is also available online through Bluethumb...and is priced at $1025 

Florist's Bench  is a work just completed late May 2017.   I have started a new series of Flower or Garden paintings....This one is in Acrylic and Charcoal and uses some of my favourite colours...such as Payne's Grey and Mauvey Blues.   It also is available online on Bluethumb and is priced at $1100. 

Florist's Bench  is a work just completed late May 2017.   I have started a new series of Flower or Garden paintings....This one is in Acrylic and Charcoal and uses some of my favourite colours...such as Payne's Grey and Mauvey Blues.   It also is available online on Bluethumb and is priced at $1100. 

This is the second painting in my "Florist's Bench" series...called "Oriental Lilies".    This painting is in Acrylic on Canvas and can be purchased privately from the artist for $950 plus handling costs.

This is the second painting in my "Florist's Bench" series...called "Oriental Lilies".    This painting is in Acrylic on Canvas and can be purchased privately from the artist for $950 plus handling costs.