about my Drawing and Painting.
In my drawings, I have mostly used a fine green bamboo stick as a pen and Indian Ink as the medium. The bamboo is an interesting tool. The technique was shown to me by Ian Smith in his drawing class of 1973 at the Brisbane College of Art. The bamboo does not have a reservoir and so all marks made on a surface are limited in length and this informs the image. The process is not forgiving so you are forced to make each mark count. The outcome is a sense of fluidity that you do not get with graphite or paint.
The paintings on glass in the "Explorer Series" represent a transition from the bamboo technique. Unlike a canvas where the surface is textured and has a resistance – the glass surface is slippery and fluid. Look at the brushstrokes on the glass paintings and you will see what I mean. I use acrylic paint. I find that the paint dries quickly and the pigmentation today is excellent with good coverage. All the wood frames are imported rough sawn Indian Acacia hardwood.
Finally, the paintings on canvas encompass both of the previous techniques and processes and become a sum of the parts.
I hope you like them!