As we face into these uncertain times with the coronavirus swirling around us it’s reassuring to know my paintings can still reach out into the enforced lockdown and touch others with a sense of peace, and stillness and a glimpse of hope in the light off a new dawn. This one in the series “Facing… Continue reading Facing the Wind
You know those times when you just stop, be still and listen. You can hear the earth singing! This is one of my favourite places, Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island, a good place just to slow down and stop, breathe into the silence….. watching the late sun sink into the sea.… Continue reading Be Still and Listen…
Another commission has found its way home! It’s a painting of Woodpecker Bay on the wild the West Coast, one of my most sacred places where my spirit flies free in the mountains, the wind and sea. Although I only lived there four years it was a time that really shaped me, where I felt… Continue reading Going Home
Recently returned to the studio briefly for a varnish, ‘The Watchers’ is one of my favourites from the Heaphy Track on the West Coast. The last day of the five day hike is heading South along the beach through the forests of Nikau Palms (the worlds most southerly palm species). They stand like guardians… Continue reading The silent observers…
My latest work in progress, the cracking of dawn at Woodpecker Bay….its getting me up in the mornings! “To paint is to love again, live again, see again. To get up at the crack of dawn in order to take a peek at the water colors one did the day before, or even a few… Continue reading The crack of Dawn!
We all have roles to play; this is me in my former role as President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, according to Jackson Pollock “Painting is self discovery. Every good artist paints what he is”….So what is that really?….. “It’s very important to remember that we all have Buddha nature. That cannot be… Continue reading Playing Hamlet
my latest painting…. “Hideaway” – Woodpecker Bay, West Coast, oil on canvas, 20 x 40cm Woodpecker Bay is one of my favourite places. One I’ve painted many times, from on the beach or above it. The raw elemental nature of the coastal rainforest and limestone bluffs enveloping the rock strewn shore, with wild surf and… Continue reading Hideaway