art workshop

Tomorrow I will be hosting a one-day art workshop at Jerrabomberra Wetlands for members of the Wildlife and Botanical Artists society. Earlier this year, I was invited to give a presentation to WABA members in the beautiful surroundings of Canberra’s Botanic Gardens. I spoke about my approach to art, techniques for gaining inspiration, significant influences and philosophies, and the hard work that is a necessary part of any creative process. I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation with other likeminded people in nature’sRead more

life, love & demise sold at birdlife exhibition

Feeling happy that another painting has found a forever home! My painting of Hooded Plovers has sold at BirdLife Australia’s “Birds + Us” exhibition. And I’m thrilled that the sale will help raise awareness about the plight of Australia’s birds. As indicators of our planet’s health, birds are so important! I have donated the sale price to the Threatened Bird Network (TBN). The exhibition celebrated 20 years of TBN, showcasing its focus on threatened birds with a wide range of brilliantRead more

zebra finches

Brisk Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata) Size 20 cm x 15 cm Oil on canvas board SOLD Inspired by birdwatching near Orange where Zebra Finches gathered in a noisy crowd among trees bordering a railway line. Gregarious birds, they form a lifelong bond between pairs. On this particular day, each bird had its plumage puffed out to ward off the midwinter chill. I kept the brushstrokes loose and background hazy to imply the light breeze rustling the branches. This painting hung in my exhibition “Feather and Ochre”Read more

flock bronzewing

Desert Flight Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica) Size 51 cm x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas SOLD Outback Australia is the definition of vast. And the Mitchell Grasslands are an amazing part of this impressive landscape. Characterised by open grassy plains with few rivers and gorges, the Mitchell Grass Downs bioregion extends from central Queensland into the Northern Territory and is an important part of Australia’s pastoral heritage. It takes a long time to drive there from the coast but it’s worth the effort.Read more

fairy-wrens

Harmony in Green Red-backed Fairy-wrens (Malurus melanocephalus) Size 91.4 cm x 91.4 cm (36 in x 36 in) Acrylic on canvas SOLD Inspired after birdwatching in far north tropical Queensland, where verdant hills and rainforest canopy enfold lush grazing pastures, cane fields and banana plantations. A family group of Red-backed Fairy-wrens had taken up residence in the long grass near Camp Creek, sheltered from heavy monsoon rain by the sprawling passionfruit vines and shady trees. I have always sketched trees – each speciesRead more

eastern yellow robin

Dazzling Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) Size 12 cm x 14 cm Mixed media on Arches paper SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins. Inspired by birdwatching while camping in the Watagans National Park, New South Wales.    Read more

pink robin

Splendid Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster) Size 13.5 cm x 11.5 cm Mixed media on Arches paper Private commission – SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins.    Read more

red-capped robin

Radiant Red-Capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) Size 12 cm x 14 cm Mixed media on Arches paper SOLD This painting formed part of a set of three Australian robins.    Read more

black-winged kite

To Observe with a Steady Gaze Black-Winged Kite (Petroica rodinogaster) Size 25.5 cm x 30.5 cm (10 in x 12 in) Oil on raw linen, stretched, unframed SOLD This painting was inspired by several Black-Winged Kites that I observed hunting along the Sturt Highway, Hay Plain. Their crimson gaze is striking and direct, and their habit is restless though watchful, despite the gusting wind and dust swirling incessantly. Raw linen has a strong natural texture and linear fibres that I feel enhances the incredible sense of purpose emanating fromRead more

laughing kookaburra

Peaceful to Behold Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) Size 14 cm x 16 cm Acrylic on Arches paper SOLD Background references for this painting were completed while camping in Mount Kaputar National Park, New South Wales. While I grew up listening to the raucous calls of the Blue-Winged Kookaburras in the Northern Territory, I have gradually developed an affection for the renowned laughter of their southern cousins.    Read more