Paintings that inspire...

Most of my paintings are executed in oils, often over the top of other media. Many are visual stories that contain partially hidden words or imagery where the homespun and the familiar become symbols of timeless truth...

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Over the years most of my paintings have been in oils and have focused on clean air, unspoiled places, bush, streams, coastline, the beauty of Creation, people, animals and rural charm. Along the way I became fascinated with capturing and portraying lots of light. I also began to realise that I was not bound to paint what I could see. I could include what I imagined… light and colour effects, objects, compositional changes.

Still Life gives enormous scope for imagination. Common objects can be selected, positioned and made to relate to one another in ways which offer endless visual story possibilities. Sometimes I give objects human or animal personality, even to the point of adding facial features (see ‘The Holdup Gang’).

Sometimes I present home truths in a gentle, humorous way. At other times I try to convey things that have deep, spiritual significance as strongly and eloquently as I can

To begin with, my paintings were direct responses to things I saw. In more recent times I have often started from an idea in my head. This might come when I’m praying, or reading, or listening to someone else. I try to record seed thoughts in written and loosely sketched form. I then go about finding reference that will be helpful in bringing the painting to completion. While I want my art to be interesting, enjoyable and wholesome, I really want to say more… to inspire and uplift.

Ultimately, I want my paintings to reveal that there is a great, overarching, purpose behind life and creation; to present facets of the wonder and beauty of God’s character; to encourage you to discover Him through Jesus Christ; to adventure beyond the present… to become excited about the future… to live in confidence and hope!

My studio is attached to our home which is on a small farm in a rural area 45 minutes North of Auckland, New Zealand (a scenic wonderland country in the lower South Pacific). My wife and I have 6 children and a large crop of grandchildren. We were able to subdivide the farm and now have some of our children living as immediate neighbours on their own rural properties.

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