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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
‘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.