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.
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.
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.
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.
The energy of these lovely old trees is described in warm siennas. Macrocarpa so much a part of the Manawatu rural scene.
Originally this painting started as plien air. I find the West Coast inspirational. Particularly the Nikau Palms and small clearings dotted with cows.
Sunlight, transparency, stones in the water are always fascinating and challenging. This work is particularly peaceful and descriptive of the Tiritea stream.
Fabulous warm tones complete this beautifully lit composition. A joy to paint.
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.
This work takes you on one of my regular beach escapes to Himitangi. The colours are underpinned with the warmth of rose madder and red golds.
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.
A softly washed and glazed painting, of the view on the right just after Vinegar Hill.
I enjoyed stylising the subjects in this painting, sadly this painting is iconic ... owing to the Gorge closure.
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.
Describing the Beautiful Rangitikei River and surrounds on a summers day. Painted partially Plein Air.
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.
I have some beautiful Paua Shells and and precious old Kete .... just had to put them together in a still life.