As a practising artist for 35 years I have been interested in exploring space, light and colour in both
interiors and landscapes, with influences from the the poet and philosopher, Gaston Bachelard. In his book,
” The Poetics of Space ” he asks, ” How concrete is the world of the spirit, where a mere
door can give images of hesitation, temptation, security, seduction and warmth? In my practice I
often refer to the external world as a metaphor for an internal journey.
I had a studio in St Albans, for 6 years, on an escarpment overlooking the MacDonald River in
the Hawkesbury River Area. During the years from 1997 until 2009 my work was based on the
experience of feeling at home and my love of the area, investigating its history, community and
landscape. Over the twelve years I had five solo exhibitions in the St Albans Gallery.
My exhibition ” Night Spaces” in 2008, was to be my last solo show of new work in St Albans. I had
begun exploring, in pastel and paint, the night light of rural and urban landscape and in retrospect I
see the work as a passage from country to city. St Albans Gallery is closed now, consequently this
body of work ” Into the Night” will be my first solo exhibition in Sydney for 15 years. I have turned
much of my attention to Bondi Beach, where I have history, along with my grandfather who grew
up there and my nephews, the “Webber Boys” who surfed there for many years. Bondi seems to
be a place to which I return. I stayed there when I first returned from England, in 1978 after 10 years
away and since then it has never ceased to amaze me this beautiful beach on the edge of a city
where one can still experience the vitality of nature.
This series of work, ” Into the Night” opening Dec 2nd, 2011 at Albion Street Gallery further
explores my visual and psychological experience of the night. The night, when forms are hidden,
transforms the common place and enables me to emphasize and invent passages of light and
shadow. The mystery held within the night stimulates my imagination and although dark colours
could be interpreted as oppressive or menacing, here they stand for an inner journey into the
unknown. Historically artists, such as Rembrandt and Mark Rothko , with varying methods and
intentions have worked with the darker aspects of the spectrum in their exploration of subjective
expression. I am interested in the myths based on life-transitions, the archetypal pattern of the
“Hero’s Journey”, which involves adversity and the pathway to renewal. These myths represent the
challenges of the human condition, where a central character encounters trials, perhaps a descent
into darkness, the Nadir and then a turning point where guidance and gifts are received. On the
return something greater than themselves is often achieved, such as wisdom, empowerment or
self-realization. In my case transitions are represented by the darkness of the night.
I have held 14 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide and St Albans. Selected twice for the Salon des
Refuses Wynne Prize Exhibition I have participated in many group shows in Australia, USA, UK and
China. My work is in Private collections, Art Bank, East Sydney Technical College, Hawkesbury City
Council, The Royal Australian Navy and The National Art School ( Printmaking Department.)
I have worked collaboratively with a number of artist. Presently I am working with Col Lyons,
Caretaker of Camp Wollemi, belonging to the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council. Together
we have been commissioned by the Ferry Artist Gallery to paint and install in Wisemans Ferry a
group of three 9 metre poles on the theme of Reconciliation and Unity Between the Indigenous and
Non-Indigenous Community of the Hawkesbury River Valley.
My studies in Fine Art were undertaken at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London and in Sydney
at East Sydney Technical College and the College of Fine Arts( COFA) University of NSW where I
completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting. More recently I have completed a
Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy at the College of Complementary Medicine in Hornsby.
My teaching experience in drawing and painting extends over 25 years and includes tertiary
institutions such as the National Art School, College of Fine Arts and Seaforth TAFE. As a visiting
artist, I have recently held workshops in drawing and painting for the Ferry Artists Gallery,
Wiseman’s Ferry and Camp Wollemi, St Albans. For the past year I have been employed to facilitate
Group Art Therapy Workshops for the Magnolia Healing Centre, Rose Bay, Sydney and recently as a
Drawing Tutor for the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre in Roseville.