Art making is an intellectual pursuit for me and ideas are formed and moulded by the environment, significant personal events and current issues in my life. My approach to the creative process invariably leads me to work in series while I strive to articulate my observations and thoughts in a visual format. The works in each series are often tied together by artistic techniques as I continue to expand and explore ideas.
Man and Environment:
For many reasons I am drawn to observing our natural environment as it poses many complex artistic problems. Man's interrelationship with nature is also a constant theme in my art. My current work has been dealing with the impact of white colonisation on the original Australians, the landscape and it’s species. I also try to represent wider issues of the human impact on indigenous flora and fauna through the use of visual metaphors and layering of materials related to topics.
The materials I use have symbolic meaning and give depth to the ideas that I am trying to articulate in any given work. I collect and use objects and materials that relate to the content of my art piece. Objects that I use are often highly personal. I also place high value on the skill and craftsmanship that I have developed over my 30-year arts practice.