An energetic gestural painting, inspired by Van der Velden, my favourite early New Zealand artist. He, however would not approve of the colour nor expression. This work is a current favourite of mine.
Towards the Arawata, West Coast of NZ. I have a friend living at Haast, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand accessing the relatively undiscovered rough rivers and dense New Zealand bush. A wonderful place to paint.
A peaceful painting describing early mornings on the Manawatu River walkway ... the best time of day.
I call this ‘a painted sketch’. Briefly drawn Plein Air on the way up the Pohangina. It has the energy and honesty that always look for in my work.
Fabulous warm tones complete this beautifully lit composition. A joy to paint.
Just past Totara Reserve. Sketched and Painted Plein Air. (on Location).
I have some beautiful Paua Shells and and precious old Kete .... just had to put them together in a still life.
A softly washed and glazed painting, of the view on the right just after Vinegar Hill.
This work uses scarffito to draw the image prior to applying layering acrylics wash and glaze.The work was drawn on site near the tank on the hill above the Reserve cliffs. With Totara Reserve in the left for ground. The river is the Pohangina.
Just had to paint this during the New Zealand Christmas vacation. After all it is our Christmas tree.
Gorge paintings are increasingly difficult to achieve on site, this one was sketched just above the Gorge walk carpark and completed back in the studio.
This painting is inspired by the paddock on the right at the Te Matai Road end of the Manawatu River walkway.
The colours are as I saw them, vivid and vital.... typical of a Manawatu summer.
It’s always such a pleasure to paint these native palms, they are always individuals with personalities. These Nikau are a composition created from my sketch book.
Sunlight, transparency, stones in the water are always fascinating and challenging. This work is particularly peaceful and descriptive of the Tiritea stream.
I enjoyed stylising the subjects in this painting, sadly this painting is iconic ... owing to the Gorge closure.
The energy of these lovely old trees is described in warm siennas. Macrocarpa so much a part of the Manawatu rural scene.
This painting is the product of an early morning walk, the sun has just begun to warm the day. The colours are a lovely balance describing shadow and light.
Originally this painting started as plien air. I find the West Coast inspirational. Particularly the Nikau Palms and small clearings dotted with cows.