Drawings on Cotton.

For a few years now I have been playing with a method of producing drawings on cotton on plywood as a way of arriving at a result with similar surface aesthetics to paper but without the need for glass framing. This means that quite large drawings can be rendered and the finished item is manageable and durable. I am now satisfied after several years of tests that the method works. The surface is sealed and can be wiped with a soft, damp cloth.

My last test piece is a drawing in graphite on cotton on ply.

It’s only a small work at 51 x 82 cm. $750.

Titled “Sunlit Paddock - New England” it was sourced near Argyle NSW.

It will be exhibited at the Old Kirk Gallery in Yamba from October 27 until November 23rd 2018. The group exhibition is a celebration of graphite as a medium.

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Portrait Prize in Currumbin

Pleased to be selected as a finalist in the Neumann-Dust Temple Portrait Prize to run during August 2018. It's not my usual genre but I have had a half finished portrait of Brisbane Art Dealer Victor Mace in the studio for years and this prize was the spark to finally finish it off.

The exhibition will be at the Dust Temple gallery on Currumbin Creek Road from August 4th.

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Fieldwork Tweed

Since my mate Jeffrey Makin arrived for a week of looking around and sketching the Tweed Valley last year, I've had a bit of a rest from the studio to deal with house reno's and those assorted things you don't really want to do. But I should be clear soon to get out in the landscape again and hunt down the spots that have that touch of magic.

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Tweed Valley series

Since winter 2015 I have been scouring the Tweed Valley for images, sketching whatever looks promising. I have been overwhelmed by the quantity of locations that offer potential.

In March 2016, an old painting friend, Jeff Makin, visited us for a few days in the field and was similarly impressed. It is a goldmine of powerful imagery, always with a theatrical aspect because of the micro-climate created in the caldron of the old volcanic rim.

I'm just now (May '15) beginning to put the drawings into paint.

The "40 Years On" Exhibition

The "40 Years On" Exhibition has now had both its openings at The Southport School's on campus St. Albans Gallery and then at Bruce Watling Gallery at Burleigh Heads. 
What a hectic 10 days!! Plenty of unwrapping, hanging, talking, re-wrapping and re-hanging going on.


The week at the St. Alban's Gallery saw about 450 people take a look at the work on display and the opening yesterday afternoon at Burleigh had a supportive group of about 35 people show up for the second showing. 
The curious thing for me was that at both venues, the powerful larger paintings sold but the small, more intimate ones didn't.


The work will remain on display at Bruce Watling's until August 23 and his hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm. You can call the gallery on 0756 333 597.

Has Art Drifted into novelty Entertainment

I often see blockbuster exhibitions making headlines for their attendance numbers. Works are large scale and novel, viewers are awed. Has this quest for novelty, impact, attention turned art practice away from a personal exploration, a subtle cognitive exercise in expression?