2017 art award images
Recycled Scrap Metal
93cm x 46cm x 23cm
Wilson reminds us no matter what our external shell is - what is inside of us that counts and some sadly are empty. He represents growth and the need to build upon yourself to strive rather than remain stagnant and safe. I wanted to capture his cheeky nature as he does a playful turn, tail flicking behind him as he remains unawares. Having a fear of the ocean I have learned to love and respect it which enabled me to see beauty such as he. I never forget seeing my first parrot fish off the coastal waters of W.A. Keep swimming on Wilson.
78cm x 76cm
"Zen Sunsets" is illuminated in iridescent gold to remind us of the quality time watching sunsets with those we love. Hand lettered in the German Fractur with angular & fractured forms ,words become quite architectural , dagger like & challenging to read. The idea is to slow the reader down to put the puzzle of letters together, figuring out the message within. The zen "O" is drawn with horse hair while the word "Remember" drifts through out to remind you to grab the precious memories & moments.
Dive Into Summer
93cm x 93cm
"Dive into Summer" is an abstract painting inspired by the vivid blue skies of Summer over Perth; of watching children excitedly jumping and diving off the wooden jetty at Hillarys Boat Harbour while doing their best to keep cool under the scorching sun; of yachts with their proud, tall masts promenading passed on the ocean. For me, this is Summer.
Still Life Study
35cm x 40cm
Oil on Canvas
My approach to still life is with the same emotional connection and sincerity as any other subject matter. My initial composition "did not feel right" and it was lacking its Pythagoras; therefore, I decided to add the lemon to my setup.
In this painting, I have explored the traditional techniques of using a limited pallet. This is a study from life which I progressed very gradually of a course of three weeks in Sweden and applied the finishing touches in my studio in Perth.
88cm X 67cm
On Sight consists of a high- vis shirt worn by the artist during his time on work sites and a drop sheet naturally marked during the process of painting walls. By framing these objects Bloor seeks to open a dialogue surrounding notions of perceived and transitional values of labour between the role of the artist and construction site worker.
Journey In Stitches
60cm x 90cm
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When I stitched these 2 pieces my thoughts became a journey, a journey from many countries to this land North of Antartica, a journey to Australia. The first piece represents the coming from a place, and on its way there are the colours of life, and the second piece is arriving and trying to find the road to make a home to find peace.
Special Lady - Special Place
96cm x 66cm
The special lady is Ellen Stirling and the special place is Perth, Western Australia. With the special place I recognise the traditional owners and their name for the Perth area; Boorloo.
Ellen Stirling was the wife of the first Governor of WA, James Stirling. She was an invaluable partner to her husband in setting up the new Swan River Colony, Perth.
The framing of this painting was done by myself at the Ellenbrook and Districts Men's Shed. Any money gained fom the sale of this painting therefore will be going to the Men's Shed.
Oil on Canvas
80cm x 100cm
I lived in Carnarvon for eight years and most days Rocky would walk past my house. After watching him for many years, I asked him one day if I could take his photo to paint him, as he has such an interesting face and I knew he would be a great subject to paint. He was more than happy for me to paint him and over the past few years, I have painted him a number of times and every painting is always so different from the last one.
45cm x 60cm
Each of these pebbles conjure images of wonder and mystery. What did they look like when they first started rolling around in the ocean? How big were they? Where did they come from? Will they ever disappear entirely after millennia?
Therefore I treated each of them as a mini composition of their own. A mini painting inside a painting. Each with its own battle scars. They each have their own character. Each one as unique as us.
91.5cm x 91.5cm
'Subida' is about rising up, that upward movement that gets your head above the water, and into the clean air. The layering of the paint shows the history of the idea and the process behind it, and as with any movements of note, shards remain of what was: the effort, the struggle, the desire.
16cm x 8.5cm
The harsh realities of life and death in the natural world; where the death of one can provide nourishment for many could be considered distasteful, confronting or "ugly" but it is subject matter such as this that is a constant source of inspiration to me. There is beauty in the intricate details of the underside of a cockroach and the industurious nature of the common house ant that is so often overlooked or ignored.
Wings Over Nourlangie
61cm x 91cm
'Wings over Nourlangie' depicts three Brolgas in formation.
The Brolga in Aboriginal Dreaming symbolises creativity, especially in dance and self expression.
Paintings of Brolgas are usually depicted dancing whereas in my painting they are flying high over the Nourlangie Rock which contains significant Aboriginal Art in Kakadu.
These are elegant birds both in flight and dance.
Eve Ate The Apple
75cm x 100cm
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
The symbolism of the apple relates to the “Apple tech
company”. Eve eating the apple represent society's perpetual hunger for new technologies. Temptation became a third party of human life and the appetite for more became a buffet of all you can eat in the banquet of technology.
Merging Orchid 1
Mixed Media on Canvas
65cm x 54cm
The concept for this series of paintings about Merging Orchid developed from my love for a hybrid orchid cultivar that is Singapore’s national flower. Its vibrant colour, hardiness and resilience quality are the source of inspiration for me.
I explore the psychological connection by creating spaces where the self melts and is experienced afresh. By incorporating layers of acrylic paints and rice paper collages to express integration. I prayed by burning incense sticks to create burnt marks for collages to metaphoric rebirth. Fluid lines express the passage of time and rhythm of life, revealing my internal landscape.
The Millennial Generation
90cm x 60cm
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I've based my piece on my nostalgia from when I was a kid growing in the millennial generation, and how I saw technology was taking over society. Within my artwork I aimed to capture this idea and present my point of view of how I see the most popular technology taking over the kids of today. I utilised bright vibrant colours to show the artificial nature of this age. My intention for this artwork was to convey to people what technology is doing to the millennial generation and how it's changing for the worse.
55cm x 45cm
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The Trinity is at the heart of my artwork, it is the focus of this family unit.
Capturing a likeness is important. It is also my intention to visually depict the bond between the parents and their son who is central in the close menage.
The pose is traditional. It befits the family's staunch beliefs and conservative values.
The corner of the garden
60cm x 30cm x 10cm
I created this piece using complex enamel techniques.
The main part is in 'Plique-à-jour' which in French means glimpse of the day. The piece is translucent like tiny miniature stained glass. The other technique is a miniature enamel painting, an ancient method. All pieces come together to express the love of a garden; a tiny, perfect vignette.
25cm x 25cm
This piece 'Facets' was a real labor of love. It was painted in several layers, some translucent and some opaque, each one building upon the other to give the painting a real 3 dimensional effect. This painting has qualities which are only visible when looking at the real thing, and cannot be captured in photography.
It takes a village to raise a child
50cm x 50cm
After attending an 'Edge of the Sacred' Conference in Alice Springs, Maretha was inspired to capture the experience of being exiled from and yearning to reconnect with country, community and culture.
She captured these humane themes within the sacred space of the mandala.
When It Pours
Coloured Pencil Drawing
74cm x 93cm
Working on this drawing offered a means for me to vent deeper emotions that I had trouble expressing in any other way at the time. It allowed me to explore a number of themes such as isolation and the continuing search for identity and inner peace.
Encaustic / Mixed Media
44cm x 44cm
Many Roads is a reflection of the countless pathways and roads we travel every day. Some roads meet, others lead to nowhere and a few are cyclic.
In my travels, I'm impacted by the words I hear and sights I see and these elements are revealed by the textures and markings on the panel, many are uplifting others more disconcerting.
47cm x 37cm x 37cm
Eucalyptus Metallum is a fanciful idea of a tree that dominated the Pilbara region. Born in fire and brimstone and as hard as steel, the Earth cooled, and the rains came.
The lush green forests emerged and this vast woodland was slowly returned to the Earth, soaking it red with iron ore.
Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas
76cm x 60cm
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This is Cara...
Her parents wrap her in a soft warm towel....she looks effortlessly to the camera lens.
The face presented is a captured image that will never happen again.
What are the thoughts filling this beautiful mind? That, we will never know, but her parents will always remember, bath time with Cara...
Bindi in the Backyard - Ms Barky-Barky
76cm x 76cm
The work is an depiction of my back yard, with Bindi, my 13 year old Jack-Russell/Chihuahua and her endless barking efforts.
The canvas is reused from an earlier work, and creates textures within the background panting. The paint is a mixture of quality artist acrylics and mis-tints from Bunnings. The work will be framed for the propose of denoting its "new" art work status.
Arcrylic on Linen
60cm x 90cm
This work was inspired by the proposal to bulldoze a highway through the Beeliar Wetlands. The beauty of this place and the need to conserve the habitat for native plants and animals moved me to paint. For the past few years I have been using a restricted tonal pallet but the lushness of the ferns led me to the introduction of greens. The bulldozers and protesters have now departed giving the land a chance to heal.
Ethereal serenity, quietness and a curiosity of what may lay beyond take the viewer on a spiritual journey to a place of contemplation.
61cm x 61cm
My work is inspired by the colours of the vineyard in autumn. The use of textiles to create this image provides a more tactile element to the work.
It also allows for multi layering of colours and mixed fabrics to accentuate texture and the movement of falling leaves.
46cm x 46cm
I was inspired to create this piece when I saw this lonely bunny sitting on the shelf in the local Salvo's store and wondered about all the pre-loved items that people discard. So I found him a new home in the form of art and hope that he will be adored for many years to come.
Leafy Seadragon in a Sea Lettuce Meadow
91cm x 91cm
The leafy seadragon (Phycodurus Eques) is endemic to Australia, occurring on the Southern and Western coasts.
The 'leafy' motif in the quilt is based on the classic dragon curve described at fractalcurves.com which I adapted to suit the snowball patchwork block. It is swimming amongst sea lettuce and fish.
The quilt is machine pieced and is hand and machine quilted with cotton, polyester and metallic threads.
Do You See What I See
63cm x 93cm
I love to do cloud watching with my children and all the things we see in the clouds. This artwork consists of photographs of clouds with different shapes and shades. it's fascinating to hear what other people see. I like old school photography and only used zoom and cropping on the photos.
Faith In What I See
60cm x 50cm
With a 'tree of life feeling' this piece offers inspiration, strength and faith.
I often paint nature scenes with a surreal twist to capture the magic and beauty of the world, as it can be easily missed through the daily challenges of reality.
I am aiming to enthrall others into remembering these things, to enjoy life and to have faith in what they see.
90cm x 60cm
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This portrait of Indigenous actor, dancer, musician and storyteller, Trevor Jamieson, was made outside in the grounds of the University of Western Australia on a spring-stained Sunday afternoon in Perth, using natural light and a portable backdrop.
Performing with the Ochre Contemporary Dance Company in a production called Kaya, Trevor was about to go through his warm up process before mesmerising a sold out closing-night audience.
Changes From Above
101cm x 101cm
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I’m in awe of our beautiful natural surroundings in Western Australia, capturing not only the forms of our landscape from an aerial perspective but the energy and movement such as a clouds floating in the air.
I have worked from photos taken whilst flying in a plane or flying a drone. These photos are a guide only. Once back in the studio, I paint directly to my chosen surface. Layers of paint are suspended by doing glazes and using heat. The suspended layers I believe give an atmospheric energy, movement and translucency to these abstract expressionist works.
Ashes to Ashes
101cm x 76cm
Bushfires are part of our Australian way of life. However, the devastation is immense.
The loss of human life and flora and fauna bring despair and unimaginable consequences.
As always, there is a glimmer of hope and the will to battle on and rebuild.
There is something hauntingly beautiful about the bush landscape after a fire.
Business As Unusual
101 cm (3 x framed pieces)
Over the years, I have accumulated and kept 327 business cards for a multitude of reasons. Each card means something to me. Having a minimalist lifestyle, not keeping what isn’t used, I have chosen to use these cards for my most recent art project entitled Business As UNusual.
After much tracing, hand cutting, the cards have morphed into 3 hexagonal eye feasts.
Holding the belief that business cards will be another thing of the past, I am hoping my 3 piece mixed media set will be ‘fossilised’ on display somewhere interesting.
57cm x 46cm
Dance was her passion.
10 years of training, commitment and sacrifice.
She had been granted a coveted place at the national school of ballet, her lifelong ambition, then one freak injury, and it was over in an instant …..all that was left were Broken Dreams.
Acrylic on Paper
80cm x 75cm
PICA, a mixed media drawing questions the familiar pattern of cultural assimilation in our contemporary society.
In Perth, PICA was once a space to exhibit alternative art projects. Now the rebellious edge of the place has turned into an institution.
PICA has become a desacralized version of a temple.
Waiting for the Rain
Acrylics and Mixed Media
96cm x 96cm
My artworks are mainly in Acrylics, although attracted by the versatility of contemporary art materials, I use mixed media to explore diversity and the relationship between forms, shapes, colors and textures in nature.
This allow me the creation of artworks that combine mixed subject in my own style.
Looking Through A Glass Window
Acrylic on Canvas
76cm x 91cm
I came across a photo of an orangutan that is trapped behind a glass window at a zoo and thought it was a sad perspective of an animal that is becoming extinct.
Although zoos have their place in preserving animals, it is still sad to see them in such a confined space and not in the wild. Yet it seems their natural habitat is being cleared by humans, driving them to extinction. I hope when people see this painting they are reminded of what these and other animals are facing and become more aware of our role in the extinction of animals.
Graphite Drawing on Paper
59cm x 84cm
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Being a teenager today in a sea of selfies, I feel as though we are forced to look at the minor details of a person. Someone is always watching.
I wanted to create this sense of being the center of attention, due to the large scale of this portrait - but the subject looks away, as if to shield themselves from direct conflict or judgement and to avoid any engagement with the audience.
96cm x 38cm
Connections is an oil painting that has a strong focus on colour, shape, line, pattern, composition and balance.
The work connects geometric shapes and organic shapes together to create an interplay of design principles, hence the name Connections.
There are several layering techniques used with the oils and a complex structure of shapes and lines are applied to form an abstract bold work.
75cm x 100cm
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Esoteric Silence explore perception and judgement. The piece explores my inner feelings and conflicts, which are displayed through a small series of visual representations of struggles I encounter, which may only be revealed upon the correct viewing perspective, as it resides within the facade of the Rorschach test.
This concept was implemented to represent how society chooses to construct their own meanings and stories of YOUR life without understanding whom to judge. It is only when you allow yourself to become vulnerable and empathetic with the person, you may begin to understand their story.
A Stitch In Time
16cm x 40cm x 40cm
My mother’s wedding dress. A christening gown worn by 4 generations of my family. My own childhood dresses. Museum specimen drawers. My continuing exploration into the life of a garment. The relationship between garment and wearer.
This is my journey. Discovering the stories and history stitched literally and emotionally throughout the threads of lifetimes.
The cultures of repair and alteration past and present.
Soft ground etchings reference X-rays of alterations and repairs of 19th garments. Stitched specimens preserved between perspex.
An artwork which reminds us of the texture, touch, sound, smell, history and stories woven and stitched into garments worn in times when resources where limited.
Marri With Blossoms
78cm x 40cm
My research into the many ways Marri trees were used before white settlement inspired this work.
The fabric for this quilt was naturally dyed used leaves and honkey nuts.
Parallel lines of hand stitching acknowledge the people who walked this land before white settlement.
Iro to Katachi
Digital Artwork on Acrylic
80cm x 40cm
Iro to Katachi means simply Colour and Form. This piece is inspired by Japanese imagery and themes such as the rising sun and tranquil summer gardens, while also acknowledging Japan's proud Samurai warrior heritage.
The intricacy of the piece is reflective of the simplicity and concurrent complexity of modern life.
Tree of Swan
48cm x 63cm
Tree on Swan was taken with a Canon 1100D camera, modified for infrared photography, using a Canon 17-40 mm lens with a 720nM infrared filter attached. White balance was set to an image of a green lawn taken with the above setup.
The result is that leaves appear white, while blue sky appears a Sepia colour, because the filter absorbs blue, green and most visible red light. Infrared light imparts a translucent appearance to the leaves and trunks of trees.
This shot was taken at ‘Fish Market Park’ on the banks of the Swan River in Guildford, Western Australia.
101cm x 101cm
I love to capture special moments on canvas and this is one of them.
While walking by the lake one morning, I came upon this restful, undisturbed, tranquil place under an old paperbark tree.
I loved the tree, full of colour, so I painted it with acrylics and other mediums to capture the wonderful dynamics of colour and the textures created as it slowly sheds its bark.
Preston River Lichen
Painting Water Colours
55cm x 72cm
Gathering leaves, lichen and small branches became part of a ritual during the many walks of contemplation, reflection and meditation along the banks of the Preston River with my Sister in Law, Irmi.
She was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the time and I painted this in her memory, reflecting her love of our Australian bush and her exquisite attention to the surroundings of her adopted country.
Ray's Big Day Out
66cm x 56cm
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The thought behind this picture started when I was at Hillary's Aquarium over two years ago. I watched the fish through the 'see through tunnel' swimming above me.
I was impressed mostly with the sting rays. It then occurred to me that they could have as much fun a dolphins if they had half a chance. They had smiley faces and were extremely graceful.
For some reason I imagined sting rays flying around and through the planets.
B is for Bibliophilic
Oil on Canvas
100cm x 100cm
In my current work - Re: Cursive I am focusing on cultural objects in order to bridge the gap between my work as a writer and visual artist.
We are losing the haptic knowledge of cursive writing and I step into this abandoned cultural space, creating a new lexis - a playful palimpsest, rendering language strange so that it can be seen differently. Each work in this series contains cursive patterns of letters together with a single word. This inclusion of a word allows me to map and integrate multiple levels of meaning into my being and world view.
The Esplanade, Scarborough
40cm x 80cm
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Being a foreigner in Australia is a new chapter of my journey.
Australia is full of nature. I love to see the ocean, because every time I look out at the Indian Ocean, I am reminded that my home town and the new people I have met in Perth are connected, and I am so glad to be a part of it.
42cm x 32cm
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When photographing on the streets, I do a lot of walking while looking for right moments to capture. The streets of Perth have also become very multicultural.
In Walking Alone, I hope to have captured both the positive aspects of walking and multiculturalism. We may walk alone, but are all one people.
Ambiguous Romanticism #15
101cm x 101cm
This painting references two distinct elements: a grey cloudy landscape (that was initially painted over the whole canvas) and my studio at Heathcote, where I have used an abstraction of the rectangular bars of light coming through the Venetian blinds behind me that was projected onto the canvas whilst I was painting.
In essence it is a self-portrait of an artist working on a landscape painting, reflecting on two different places and times.
90cm x 70cm
The Rose - my favourite subject to paint and draw. It really puts me in a beautiful space where I can get lost in its serenity, colour and peacefulness, not to mention its complexity and personality.
They are so carefully formed with each petal having its own value and tone.
The rose for me is a lovely challenge where time is lost and passion exposed.
A Cat Named Flash
My love of all things feline moved me to paint a car portrait. The inspiration for my painting was my Grandson's beautiful cat called 'Flash'. I have however used some artistic license and added some additional white fur to provide more interest to the painting.
I hope I have captured one of the subject's more meditative moods when he is gazing out of the window dreaming of who know's what.
Water Colour Painting
95cm x 76cm
This water colour painting started with liberal splashes of colour but no firm image in my mind. It evolved from the rhythm of the brush strokes and the need for balance to create a composition.
As it became a landscape I responded by trying to make it both intriguing and familiar. A small flock of water birds were added at the end to confirm the title of Wetlands.
Pieces of Me & Pieces of YOU
45cm x 32cm
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This "D" collects precious pieces of ME and many special pieces of YOU who have given me gifts over the years. From my childhood Teddy Bear's eye, to 21st Birthday Pearls, Pink Ribboned Heart momentous of my granddaughters passing, a gold ring and greenstones of a Matriarch's passing, my daughters first Ball brooch, NZ Maori designed pieces depicting me.
NZ 2cents represents the loss of two loves connected by her earring remain present in this sense. Remnants of watches my husband’s phase. ANZACS 100 years, “Pieces of Me & Pieces of You” a “Blingy D" Thank you Kelly G.
Brian Mc Erlean
Abandoned House Swan Valley
40cm x 30cm
This abandoned house sits on West Swan road and last year, when the Jacarandas were in flower, it was crying out to be painted.
It is the contrast in colours that appeals to the eye of the artist, photographer and nature lover.
The Spirit of the Horse
Pastels on Paper
53cm x 53cm
My inspiration was to create a different horse image to my norm. I wanted to create a representation of the spirit of the horse using less mark making.
Usually I block the whole horse in. I wanted to convey a sense of peace and calm. What I used to experience when I rode horses. The process was very soothing, with a pleasant feeling using the paint through my fingers. It was a dance of sorts with the mark making with the pastel. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and I hope you will enjoy viewing The Spirit of The Horse.
84cm x 65cm
Salt Encore considers the evolving and desolate world of musicians. Technology allowed preservation and mass-distribution of their art, but now prepares to consume them. The end of human musicians approaches.
Cleared lands that feed many are being consumed by rising water tables. We clear our land of native vegetation and clear our cultural landscape of human musicians. Dry land salinity is increasing as we fiddle on the edges of action.
Hearing live music composed and played by humans will soon be a rare luxury. This young violinist may face venues as empty and bleak as this setting.
39cm x 39cm
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The idea initially started out with using a hand image then my imagination took on a form all of its own and then the idea of a nail came to me.
This piece was created from recycled pipes, shelving that I manipulated into shapes. Including using a diamond tip cutting disk. Special attention was given to the forming of the fingers and getting the angle to hold itself right.
Although it was challenging piece to create, equally rewarding and I enjoyed the process of making the piece.
81cm x 91cm
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The painting is inspired by the artist's experience of painting in a studio in Adelaide. The studio had a number of pug dogs that had free rein to roam the studio. The artist recognised the situation as an opportunity to create his own painting.
He has developed the painting and included features reminiscent of 'Venus and the Organist and a Little Dog' by Titian and 'Nude Woman with Dog' by Gustav Courbet in that there is a strong relationship between model and dog.
Edges and Vertices
3cm x 4cm
In geometry, a triangle is a polygon characterised by three edges and three vertices. This piece is a consideration of curves, lines and edges, and the corresponding points (vertices) that form, when two or more of the aforementioned features meet.
In the design and handcrafting of Edges and Vertices, this geometry concept is explored through the elements of colour, shape and form, as epitomised by the hollow 3D form of the pendant and the thoughtfully considered use of vitreous enamel to create depth and texture
100cm x 80cm
My inspiration comes from a period of time when I lived in the Goldfields. I was constantly fascinated by the beautiful polished gum trees that abound in that area.
This particular painting tries to illustrate the structure, texture and colour of the trees in dappled sunlight. This is my interpretation of what I have seen and felt about this landscape.
Four Shades of Pink & Grey
76cm x 76cm
This is a painting of the first advances of a young male galah to a female galah, before the pairing off for the winter season.
There are similarities of a nervous teenage lad making a careful and heartfelt approach to a girl. His urging friends are in the background.
This work consists of acrylic paint, acrylic ink, pouring medium and structure medium.
Here Comes a Winner
43cm x 34cm
I was so entranced by the atmosphere and the variety of of fascinating people milling around the winners circle on a race day I attended earlier this year.
I wanted to capture this feeling and the variety of emotions and behaviours within the crowd. Even the sense of anticipation!
Marker Pen Drawing
44cm x 34cm
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The entry I chose to submit is the love of my life, my Daughter Misha. I have done many of her in different mediums, pastel, charcoal and pencil, this one I present is done with Copic markers and Prismacolour pencils.
It was a day of strawberry picking in Bullsbrook, a nice sunny day, I hope you enjoy it.
55cm x 44cm x 44cm
Mollie appeared to me one night in a dream so when I woke up I decided to make her a reality. Much love, sweat, tears and chocolate have gone in to this art piece and probably a few trees so I really am hoping for good feedback from the public.
This is honestly my best work yet and I truly can say I am proud of her.
Sheep May Safely Graze
50cm x 50cm
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata, Sheep May Safely Graze, is one of my favourite piano pieces. One delightful morning, I was walking along our fire break collecting pine cones, I encountered this peaceful scene on our neighbour’s property.
I felt I could hear Bach’s Cantata, not through my ears but through my eyes. I couldn’t resist capturing this beautiful moment on canvas as my last work this autumn. This moment is filled with joy and sunshine, and is blessed with nature’s endless beauty