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

birdwatching in London

I revisited old haunts in London recently, and found inspiration in springtime. If you stand and listen, the city is alive with bird calls. And not just pigeons! The landscaping of each beautiful park ensures that the natural sounds which might usually accompany fields full of daffodils haven’t been lost to commuters and tourists. It’s reassuring to know some birds are thriving here. On my way through London, I took time to visit the Mall Galleries and stand in awe of the remarkable talentRead more

road trip

My paintings are influenced by scenes observed from life. Every year, I travel interstate to experience different places, sometimes new or significant, usually mixed with some old favourites. I go birdwatching with binoculars, camera and sketchbook. When time permits, I set up my easel and paint. Some of my best, most inspirational ideas happen when traveling. Black-shouldered kite settling on a fencepost, cockatiels in flight, mulga parrots sheltering from the midday heat, a striated pardalote singing from an abandoned railwayRead more

sand dunes

Getting up close and personal with subjects is both inspirational and instructional. So that when I need to paint native plants that thrive in a dune environment, I have sensory memories to recall their colour, texture, the way they move in the breeze, how the sand shifts around their stems. Even if these plants form just a tiny part of the painting’s composition, I can portray them with more authenticity. The paint and brush strokes are imbued not just withRead more