Artist Statement

‘Dutiful reverence’ is how the dictionary describes ‘homage’. It seems a fitting attitude to adopt when considering the natural world. Learning this attitude is a continuous experience. Working in the midst of the Wet Tropics Heritage area, I have the constant feeling of only touching the surface. Cairns is a long way from my western Victorian origins, my Adelaide education, my Mount Gambier life. For eight years now I have been painting tropical foliage. Leaves are generally used as a framework and support: a frame for a flower, a bird, a fruit, a garden, a lake, a picnic, a focus. I am putting the leaves inside the frame.

‘Focus on me. Discover what I do. Look at my visual grace, the gratifying balance of my design: the infinite variations of transparency, colour, shape, the contrasts, created spaces, rhythm, opacity.’

Leaves move towards light, They reflect light, They conduct light, They live on light. They give life. How do I paint all this? And why should I?

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Awards

2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (highly commended painting)

2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (highly commended works on paper)

2007 People’s Choice Award, Oceanic Art Prize Port Douglas

2007 People’s Choice Award, Townsville Art Prize

2006 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (first prize painting - SA Museum)

2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (second prize painting - SA Museum)

2005 Chardonnay Lodge Vinicultural Art Prize (winner -Coonawarra)

2000 Needham Religious Art Prize (winner)

1998 Robe Art Prize (winner)

1997 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize (winner)

1995 Blue Lake Festival Lifeline Exhibition (winner)

1995 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize (winner, local images, Penola)

1990 "Henri Post Exhibition" Mt Gambier (winner, still life)

1989 "Henri Post Exhibition" (winner, portrait prize)