Croissants!

Glazing

Almond croissant, water colour on cold press paper, 9 x 12, 2018

Glazing

Croissant series, water colour on cold press paper, 9 x12, 2018

New project: Yummy stuff. These are for a new series of notecards looking a small things that make us indescribably happy. A celebration of daily practices to be grateful for.

Big Fish

Water colour journal illustrations

Sea Bream, water colour on cold press journal paper, 7.5 x 10.75, 2018

I’m moving into new forms and narratives; weaving together a progression of images to tell a story. This is the start of the journey of a large Sea Bream that I met in the market in Victoria. He was a most impressive gentleman…

Rainy Day Rabbit

Animal studies, illustration

Beatrix, graphite and water colour pencil on cold press paper, 9 x 12, 2015

Animals present a subject that provides both line and colour with a suggestion of a story: they always move with purpose. Beatrix Potter continues to be one of my favourite illustrators and influencers; there is a freshness embedded in every image she created. She is my rainy day inspiration, both as a storyteller and as a great source for design enlightenment. This is my version of that famous bad boy Peter…

Wax fruit, forever fresh

 

Still life, paintings

Pear still life, Encaustic, 8 x 8, 2018

I find fruit beautiful in line and colour. When I work in Encaustic medium, I can add a 3D volume and depth of glaze that makes the object translucent with an inner glow.

Toby, RIP

Dog portrait study, illustration

Toby line drawing, ink on studio paper, 9 x 12, 2016

Here’s my boy, in all his thoughtfulness. He had such a complicated life; all great heroes have a fatal flaw. Sadly, he came home on his shield but is immortalized here.

Fruit Theory

Still life, water colour, illustration

Apple core still life study, water colour on cold press paper, 22 x 30, 2015

There is something about food that attracts us; even an apple has a history. I find an endless supply of intriguing colour, texture, light, and emotion in an average meal to make it a consuming subject for exploration in other mediums.

Bunny in search of a story

Sometimes characters come with a story that needs to be discovered rather than invented. This fellow definitely has a tale he is anxious to tell; generally, all is revealed through the revision process. As I reimagine him across a variety of mediums, little details will emerge that will work towards the narrative that he embodies. Eventually, he will stand at the center of a story expressing the characteristics that he represents (or the person he reminds me of).

Animal studies, illustration

Bunny with a story, graphite on Strathmore journal paper, 7.5 x 10, 2015

Early Work: Jackson Study

‘Jackson’ is the first in my specific portrait series, created to memorialize the joyful spirit of a lovely 16 year-old Dachshund who passed in 2014. The work began as a drawing from a photograph, moved into a series of drawings, and finally morphed into the first coloured work with predella.

Dog studies, portraits

Jackson study for portrait, graphite on paper, 11 x 14, 2015