Growing up in Amphitheatre rural Victoria, my art work is heavily influenced by the surrounding farm landscape, its inhabitants, and the Pyrenees ranges.
My paintings usually diverge from a literal interpretation of the landscape, and I instead aim to evoke a sense of place, a feeling, or sort of poetic view which can be either vague or concrete. I usually begin work with an idea simply because I like the aesthetics, while trying to avoid a cerebral “concept”, other than the arrangement of certain design elements such as line, shape, tone and texture to convey what I feel. I enjoy seeking the rhythm in a specific object or an entire painting, and am conscious of it being like song or dance. With this in mind, I find almost anything can become a subject for a painting, even the mundane and everyday. As I work on a piece, certain elements may become symbolic or I may start to build a little narrative into it, but this is not always the case.
When I do make work with a theme or meaning, I think mainly about universal and timeless ideas such as love, mortality, joy, fear, the natural world or the human condition. However, I would rather let the viewer interpret the work how they want, than have to provide an concise explanation for it.