My work is getting simpler as I get older. Now 63, I have over 40 years’ art experience. I’ve tackled everything from photo-realism to abstraction. What interests me at this point in time is trying to say ‘a lot with very little’. This is not as easy as one may think. Those who are critical of such work often fail to realise the challenge artists who work this way have to face. I’m fortunate that I have a lot of experience in decision-making when it comes to planning my artwork. I’m rarely interested in ‘photographic artwork’ these days, but it’s so popular with many artists and the public alike and it sells!
All artwork has value, but there are times when I see brilliant, individual work and and there are times when I see ‘rubbish’. It’s all a matter of opinion. Work that is popular is not always rated highly with art critics. Being ‘different’ is more important (and necessary) these days with so many ‘artists’ about.
.My last exhibition in March, was well received and sales were very pleasing. This was a collection of semi-abstract work in coloured pencil. Tasmania is quite conservative when it comes to art, but I have noticed lately a change, albeit slow, that has seen a greater acceptance of drawing and digital art. My next show in September is a (deliberate) collection of realism, semi-abstract and abstract drawings in coloured pencil.
Today, I’ve included some examples of my latest forays into the world of digital art, (a secret passion of mine)t that feature the tulip fields of Table Cape in Tasmania’s North- West seen in very simple terms. I have tried to give each artwork a ‘feeling’ of the Table Cape landscape. Each work is around 50 x 75cm and I’ll have them printed on clear acrylic. I chose this medium to obtain clear, sharp and vibrant colours. I’m not sure when and where I’ll show this work, but I suspect that some will be seen at the Brave Art Gallery in Longford.
It’s early days and I have a lot to do before I have some printed and mounted, ready to be hung. I want to get this imagery fully resolved and marketed the right way. Although more needs to be done, I enjoy experimenting with ideas, techniques and art mediums. I am essentially a coloured pencil artist, but all artists need an ‘escape’ now and then in order to keep their mainstream work ‘fresh’.
Maybe one day, I’ll switch mediums.