Like the impressionists, I usually paint on location (plein air) so I can capture the natural light in seascapes, cityscapes or landscapes of New Zealand. Clouds, water, light and shadow fascinate me, constantly changing as I paint. Usually I need 2 or 3 sessions on location and then more hours in the studio to complete a painting. Most of my work is oil or acrylic.
I also paint with watercolours which are more portable than my oils and easel but more challenging and less forgiving as a medium. I am inspired by the early landscape painters of New Zealand, especially J.C, Hoyte (1835-1913) and John Gully (1819-1888).
My large watery abstract paintings and lily ponds, that offer the viewer a serene and contemplative experience.
I continue to make long, flowing, hanging sculptures from copper wire. I call them Spirit Vessels which I ‘knit’ in the style of Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Ruth was a San Francisco artist who was my next door neighbour when I was very young. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the de Young Museum... I love the delicate dance of shadows on the wall cast by these spirit vessels.
Enquiries or visits to my home studio are welcomed year round. Please call or text.
Please click on the examples of my work to see enlargements.