How I became an artist
- the story
earliest memories are mainly tactile and
sensuous like putting my whole face into
the colour and the feel of my mother's
tangerine velvet dress. At 3½ I knew that
my mother, obviously the centre of the
universe, could provide all my art material
needs . "Heres your paintbrush,
you grow your own" she said as she
cut a lock of my hair off and tied it
to a stick with cotton. By four I was
an artist inside. Later, at Art School,
I learned a great lesson: I could teach
myself art! So I taught myself to
lesson my Dad taught me is that if you
stop learning new things it's very hard
to start again, so keep learning new things
all your life. It hardly matters
what. Yesterday I went for my first lesson
in letter cutting in stone. Fabulous!
For me, changing my art medium enhances
my art It is upward spiral. This year:
a stage set, mural (gigantic), a
pastel portrait, electronic book illustration.
This week a commission for a house portrait
and a stone carving.
I hope youll understand now why
my art is so diverse and that you will
like looking around my web site. Please
email me and tell me what you think
and if you decided you would like
to commission something
Another facet: Portraits
portraits is another aspect of my art.
This is Drina who tends a marvelous rose
garden in New Zealand. I love painting
children too. I've done lots of
them. Mostly I use pastels, as it
did for this painting.
Huge paintings -
murals and stage sets
is a bathroom I did for Sally who loves
the Greek islands.
huge is very refreshing! I use 6
inch brushes and a large container of
paint. . Colour has much more impact
on me in large scale and my eyes feast
on the colour. I sweep the
brush across using my whole body. Frequently
I climb off the ladder and walk right,
right, right away, turn around and
see the whole picture from a distance.
You can't see it as you paint up close,
you just have to imagine the effect.
Up: These are some facets of
my art: book illustration, electronic
art, portraits, sculpture, murals, bowl
painting. Not to mention drawing
and painting in traditional media.
I hope you enjoy my web site and email
me if you have any comments.
here to email me.
One facet: Book Illustration
mother forms beautiful sculptural shapes with her children. This is one of my
favourite illustrations from the recently published book "Small Steps Forward"
text by Sarah Newman. Published by Jessica Kingsley of London. Click
here to see more about it.
Another Aspect: Electronic art
love painting on the computer. I
did this wedding invitation picture for
my son in California. We worked
together across the ocean over the net.
Isn't modern technology wonderful!
Two stone carvings.
The"Cry of the Land Spirit"on the left was carved from Omaru stone
at the sculpture symposium in Christchurch New Zealand. Right is "Hermes"
carved in Purbeck stone.
Painting: An astronaut enters the
MIR space station
Notice how the view changes as the bowl
is looked at from different angles.
I have made and painted 100 bowls this
decade. I paint the inside in such a way you may feel a strange 3D sensation and
call out "I'm there". This bowl is made of plaster, fibreglass and glue,
and has three little feet. My bowls range from 2 inches to 8 ft across. This
one is 9 inches across and the paint is acrylic.