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Lady Juliana

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This painting is about facing and allowing duality. We all suffer from the human condition which divides thoughts, feelings and memories into good and bad. This painting is a call to embrace all that you are and to get clean and clear of your story. Turn on your light and dance like a numbat!

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Praying to the Street Art Heart of Big Cities. 1996

Praying to the Street Art Heart of Big Cities

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Flying Dowager

Flying Dowager
Just a bit of fun that flew out. Lou this was the rejected first idea I had for the work you now have.

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Carnarvon Bananas

Carnarvon Bananas

This painting is an expression of the time I spent living in Carnarvon. I hung the canvas on the wall and would come home and put something on the canvas and walk away. Coming back days or years later to add something else until the painting said it was finished. These paintings become a mysterious story that constantly changed as the layers appeared. For example the text was from a scratchy I brought one afternoon in Carnarvon and the words became an amazing poem that just had to go on the painting.

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Schopenhauer’s Poodle

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Influenced by being single and reading about the German 19th century pessimistic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. He has often attracted artists and people wondering about life’s meaning?
Schopenhauer introduced the West to Eastern philosophical ideas and examined the nature of love affairs. He never married and for 27 years lived alone except for a succession of pet poodles. This had me at the time wondering what my concept of love looked like and if I should trade it in for a poodle.

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Milky Brain

Milky Brain

Inspired by, hideous light fitting, Indian taxi and breastfeeding.

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Missing Brunswick

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Painted about our home in Melbourne after we returned to Perth.

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The boat’s too small

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This painting is about how shocking it is when some unexpected tragedy happens. The desert of that event renders you skinless, genderless and you don’t have the right tools it seems

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Innards

Innards
This diary page was an idea about using microscopes and slides of random everyday things to generate abstract designs.

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Getting over the camels hump

Getting over the hump
This cardboard is about the change in perspective that travel can bring.

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Motherboard

My partner is a tech head and everywhere in our house are computers in various stages of undressing, along with their accessories. The visual impact of being around these objects penetrates and affects me as a visual artist.motherboard

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Love across the channel

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This art work was made in support of gay marriage.
Love can not be wrong.

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OP Shop Heaven

Glitter Gab

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Death Kitty

Death Kitty
Kitty is sick of eating death and grief everyday. Kitty craves something else on the menu.
Perhaps a lentil burger with sunny days on the side.

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Hot Bird Brain Disease

Hot Bird Brain
This drawing was inspired by my friend Sean’s song lyrics of unrequited love.

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Dyslexic Scream

Mouth words

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The Art Opening

The Art Opening

This postcard was made in Vienna. It really captures the fun to be had at an art opening.

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Son Garden

Happy Mothers’ Day.  This painting is about the wonder that a mother has watching her child play and grow.

Son Garden

 

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Down with the Flu

Down with the FluThere has been a bit of the flu in the house this week and I am hoping it is all that appears this year. So keep warm and stay well.

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Listen, Wait, Think

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Have you ever had the experience of saying something without editing and hearing it along with the people around you. This painting was painted after one of those events. I came home and created this painting. It hangs in my kitchen to remind me that listening is more important than talking.

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Street Life

Street Life
I have always enjoyed making postcards when I am overseas and out of my normal routines.  I create these works to submerge myself in foreign countries to feel like becoming a part of their community and daily lives.  This postcard depicts a London street scene.

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Paint Girl

Paint GirlA summer Friday afternoon when the working week has finished. Then the time appears to play with colour and mark making.  Pure pleasure.

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The Singing Lesson

I have always loved famous people’s journals/diaries and all my work is one big diary.  This page is first of a body of work I am going to share called Stimulus Response.  My method is finding a objects or images, then spontaneously responding to them through the art work, creating layers of possible meanings.  With these artworks, I like the viewer to make up their own story.

The Singing Lesson

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Rotterdam Art Museum

This is an old picture I just found yesterday and had to share especially for the the fab Claus Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen sculpture Screwwarch in the background that was made in 1983. These guys are the masters of big things and worth checking out.

www.oldenburgvanbruggen.com

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Folk Festival Frenzy

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Paint head


Self portrait

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My Mother’s Apron Hangs Here


This work is made from the cardboard boxes we discard in our daily food rituals and held together with staples. It is about the acknowledgement of your mother’s hard work done out of love for her family. The respect that you have when you become a mother. The questions you will ask yourself about what you will do differently and what you will do the same. The colours are greying as each generation sits in a different space with different requirements but the juggle stays the same. The mother and nourishment are intertwined and staples are the food basics of every mother’s pantry.

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Kind of Blue


Inspired by the amazing Miles Davis Album.

This modern Jazz record has been played through out my life since discovering his music at 22. I always feel like I’m in a hotel lobby just about to go somewhere or having just returned full of easy joy.

Lara this post is for you beautiful lady. x

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Crying for Love


It reminds me that it is ok to be sad and cry.
Acknowledging that there is great healing in your feelings.

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Simone de Beauvoir


Born in Paris in 1908 she produced a rich body of writings including works on ethics, feminism, fiction, autobiography, and politics. Her feminist writings were written at a time when very little serious work had been done from a feminist perspective.

For me personally, she was the first woman that I read who examined being a woman in a man’s world.

My portrait of Beauvior is taken from a photo later in her life and distorted to express her academic potency. The found objects in the forefront are typewriter ribbons as a symbol of her choice of tool.

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Into the Limelight

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The Loose Threads


This work explores the haunting that happens once something precious has died. The loose threads are the things that can’t be tied back up. The things you regret. They hang in your private world causing torment whenever your mind drags you across them.

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The Silver Box


This work explores the devastation that glorifying the past can bring into the here and now.

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Voltaire


Was a bastard born into the French middle classes. Voltaire became a super celebrity in the 1700’s. He was an amazing prolific writer of stories, plays, treaties and tracts. Voltaire was also self-reliant due to his shrewd business acumen and became a very wealthy man. He was jailed twice and eventually banished by the King. He took on the church and state and was considered by some as the first human rights activist. He wrote some twenty thousand letters to his friends. He lived to eighty-four years and had been a sickly child. He craved acceptance while loudly disdaining it.
My Voltaire has also got young Robert Plant’s hair from the amazing 70’s super group Led Zeppelin.

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Grief Case

This is the first of a series of 4 that I have created called “Grief Cases”.
Grief is a dark place that touches all of our lives and I have had a need to express my feelings about it due to it affecting my life.
In my art practice I operate at times from the idea that if you don’t use intense energy it uses you.”

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Finalist in Black Swan Prize 2013

I am truly honoured and already feel like a winner to be selected to be a finalist the 2013 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture alongside so many fantastic painters.
The Renovator – Portrait of Jason Harrison.This work explores the fleeting nature of fame in the context of contemporary society. Underneath the swirling whirlwind facade lies a determined individual striving to emerge from the chaos and stamp his mark on the world. Will his life cut through the ribbons of orchestrated and sensationalised cut scenes that have brought him fame?

Dimensions 198x137cm. Oil on canvas.

The subject is Jason Harrison, a former contestant of the Network Ten reality television programme “The Renovators”. Jason’s physical presence (6’9″ tall or 2.06m) and practical skills strongly influenced the formal qualities of this work.