I started painting when I joined the Elgin Artists in 2012. More than anything I enjoy the company of my fellow members who all share an interest in art and the joy of mucking around with paint and canvas and paper to see what may emerge. I often find that when I start a painting it looks pretty ordinary, but if I persevere I can usually resurrect something respectable.
I love the strong colours and the ragged edges of the Australian outback and bush and for the last few years my major output has been painting in Ben Boyd National Park on the southern coast of NSW. This is where we camp every summer – with fellow Elgin Artists, Peter Sanders and Ian Cunningham. I don’t seek to depict realism in my painting. In fact I continually strive to become more abstract – but it is difficult to achieve. It is a battle between the eyes and the mind. I quite deliberately exaggerate shapes and colours not so much to change the nature of what I am painting but to express my feeling of what I am seeing. I would love to have met Van Gogh.