1942 – I was born in Auckland, New Zealand
1959 – 1965 Graphic artist and voluntary youth worker
1966 – 1973 developed an art print and picture framing business
1974 – became a professional NZ landscape artist
1975 – Kelliher Art Award, Cambridge Art Award, founded and directed the Downtown Hilton Gallery
1976 – Cambridge Art Award
1977 – Kelliher Art Award
1975 – 1999 many exhibitions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
1984 – time in Israel which inspired many Bible based paintings
2001 – commenced primary school, interactive art workshops which introduced drawing and colour skills to many thousands of children.
Paintings of Landscapes & Portraits
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. This opened the way to paint story pictures and led naturally to...
Sometimes I present home truths in a gentle, humorous way (the Jug paintings). At other times I try to convey things that have deep, spiritual significance as strongly and eloquently as I can (#225 ‘Remember Me’ and #226 ‘Given for You’). The inclusion of words often helps the viewer to fuller understanding.
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!
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