Over the years I have been inspired by residencies and travel in various overseas countries; namely America, Morocco, Japan, Thailand and France. I am also influenced by the unique environment of North Stradbroke Island situated on the eastern side of Moreton Bay near Brisbane, Queensland. Not unlike art, traveling and residing in these various locations offers an experience that is out of the ordinary. There is the challenge of taking on new pathways and the discovery of unknown entities. The accumulation, collation and reinterpretation of visual images from these various ventures provide the inspiration for many of my artworks. The arrangements are random, placing a high value on serendipitous events, intuitive decisions where the laws of chance and serendipity have been given primacy over logic and reason.
Moving back and forth through different modes of expression is usual in my art practice. The best way I can describe these impulsive shifts is that I am merely responding to the experiences that are unfolding in my life; and hooking onto something deep-running in my nature. Of course, this is often shaped by travel, relationships, nature, collective history and current affairs.
Each stylistic shift has its own place in my repertoire and each requires the physical act of marking and rigorously changing the surface tensions. Deep and rich blacks, bulbous forms, silky transitions from black to white, scraped and rigorously altered surfaces, calligraphic fluency, changing scale and seductive accidental surfaces, plus bold colour combinations are all a part of the mix.
My relationship with the sea, through surfing and swimming in waters off Stradbroke Island, has shaped the concept of my recent work. Sea forms and elliptical shapes dominate the imagery and the themes often address the subconscious through hybrid marine forms designed to trigger the viewer's imagination.
Through numerous trips to Japan over the past 2 decades, have built a solid appreciation of the Japanese culture. These travels to Japan have resulted in concepts of rhythm, motion and natural erosion being utilised in many of my visual sojourns.