Sunday, August 29, 2010

Prognosis for Gaia's Plastic Surgery

Oil and plastic garbage on hard board
120 X 180 cm

This piece is a triptych, the first panel is an oil painting of the shore line, as seen in the piece Commingling. The second panel is made from 13mm discs of plastic cut from plastic rubbish found on so many beaches all around the world. The arrival of this rubbish partly obscures the scene. While the third panel is constructed from 0.5 mm discs. It suggests that as the rubbish degrades we become less aware of it. However it is very much there affecting the environment, with largely unknown consequences. Hence the name referring to the hidden nature of the problem. Just because the plastic breaks up and becomes less noticeable this doesn't necessarily mean that the chemicals gradually released into our oceans will go without leaving their mark. 'Prognosis' was an attempt to represent this visually.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Relationships - Self

The next installment in my series of paintings based on relationships. '
Self' was created in 2010 and looks more closely at the 'roles' played by any one individual. In this work the boundaries of the canvas define the relationship. The image is again made from multiple figures, this time of one person who assumes different postures. Each posture is used to represent the roles we play. Initally when I started developing this work there appeared to be so many roles. However I found the more I considered it the more these roles could be described as forms of other types of interaction and so I ended up with simply four descriptors. The degree of overlap, the number of overlaps and the impact of overlap are all significant. Choosing any position within the boundaries of the paintings can result in a different outcome, just as each relationship you experience results in a different composition of yourself.

Friday, June 18, 2010


New Painting - a big thank you Vicky. This is the first of two paintings that Vicky has modeled for. This one was such a beautiful pose that I just had to have a go at it by itself. The pose was one of four that we chose for the next painting that will be part of the "relationships' series - coming soon.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Sometimes you get an idea and you need to follow it through just to see if it works. I had this thought about the moment on a wave when someone takes off and hopefully gets onto the face. What if at the moment of take off you dropped in and the wave started barreling in both directions - I'm guessing you wouldn't even know. It all happens so fast that the choice is made before you know it was even there. However what if you could see, what would it look like. i thought I would experiment and this is what happened.


Evening nelson

'Nelson Evening.'

Acrylic on paper
490 X 330mm

After a gorgeous visit to Nelson during the summer in 2010, I was inspired to capture a sunset dropping behind the hills in Kahurangi National Park.


Right this was a bit of an experiment. I am really interested in trying to capture something of the place where the sea and the land meet. Water, sand, air all mingled together - led to the name 'Commingling.' I think this will be the first of a few attempts.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Left of Here

Here are the lastest works from 2010. The first to be completed this year was 'Left of Here'. It was the first time that I have had a go at painting a wave in quite a while and I was interested to see whether my approach had changed much. All seems pretty much as before although I couldn't resist a bit of metallic.