Macrocarpa trees are so much a part of the Manawatu. Old shelter belts continue to line the plain. I love them for their character, shadows and cast light, and have painted them continually.
Summer in the Manawatu, these lovely jersey cows were picnicking in the afternoon. A plien air beginning and the painting was finished in the studio.
Fabulous warm tones complete this beautifully lit composition. A joy to paint.
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.
This is where the family Bach is... and a million wonderful memories. I hope I reflected everything this place means in this painting
Evening tones and gentle stillness, painted mostly Plein Air
Plien Air painted on site on a beuatiful day down at the Manawatu River.
The light sparkles off the willows and poplars. This painting began in the field, (plein air).Warm gentle and easy to live with
Originally this painting started as plien air. I find the West Coast inspirational. Particularly the Nikau Palms and small clearings dotted with cows.
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.