Art - a simple word for an abundance of methods and styles and mediums. For the time being my art involves pastels - painting what is around me in the medium that I love - painting Plein-air as pastellist and oil painter. Living on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria I have so much wonderful material to draw from - our beautiful bay, the ocean, the wineries and bushland, and a wonderful big sky. How could I resist painting this wealth of visual experiences!
My painting career began with several years as a pupil of the Tonal Realist school which was an excellent grounding for a solid future in art. After some years of working in oils and then experimenting with watercolours, I discovered how vibrant and direct - and fun - working in pastels can be. This is how I have chosen to show my happiness, to express what I see, and to record how my vision is interpreted.
Many of my paintings begin outside - en Plein-air - and are finished in my studio. This way I am in touch with my subject, exposed to all the difficulties and challenges of being out in the open, as well as to the gentler moods of nature on kinder days. And when I am in my studio to complete my vision and my experience, my music and my art transport me into my own beautiful world.
Pastel Society Victoria, Australia
Highly Commended Award Seascape - 2015
Encouragement Award - 2017
Peninsula Arts Society
Peninsula Plein Painters
Sorrento Activities Centre
The Guild Art Gallery Inc.
About Dry Pastels
Pastel is the most permanent of all media when applied to an archival quality surface and properly framed. The pigments used in pastel-making are the same as those used in the making of artists' oil paints. Pastels used by painters from the 16th Century still exist today in all their brilliance. Degas, Cassat, Monet, Manet, Whistler are just a few of the Impressionists who favoured the luminosity of pastels.