"Saint-Cirq-LaPopie", oil on canvas, 61 x 76cm $1,450
I have been a lawyer for over 45 years. I have always drawn and painted. In 2013, I retired from my law partnership although I continue to practice as a part time consultant. This change has allowed me to focus more on my painting.
I have studied over many years at various art schools including Julian Ashton Art School and National Art School. I won the inaugural Pyrmont Art Prize in 2007 and was a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize in 2009. I have also exhibited in the Glebe Art Prize, Hunter’s Hill, Lindfield and Moriah College as well as participating in group exhibitions including at NAS and One Plus Two Studios.
A common theme in my work is the portrayal of narrative both in the relationship between individuals and within larger groups and in the representation of their surrounds such as interiors, urban scenes and rural settings. I also paint landscapes and still lives. I am inspired by the observation of people and places. I look for the connection between people, a touch or a gesture, or on the other hand, disengagement, by the placement of a building in a landscape or an object in an interior setting.
I am influenced in my painting by Hopper, Morandi, Scott, Vallotton, Gauguin and Diebenkorn and practice my figure work at sketch clubs. I paint primarily in oils using traditional methods. I usually take photos of urban scenery when I travel and at events such as weddings, sometimes randomly, but usually because I see a glimpse of something that might be interesting. I then look more closely for subjects in the photos that connect with me. I extract what I want by either drawing the subject and transferring it to the canvas or drawing directly onto the canvas. I quite often compose paintings from multiple photos.