WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOU EXPLORE IN YOUR WORK AND THE MEDIUMS THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO WORK WITH?
Throughout my work, I often explore the constantly evolving idea of place and identity and how this affects the way we perceive our world. Most of my paintings are painted plein-air (outdoors) so I am able to take in as much information as I can by being present in the land. It is this intimate experience with the land that I often find myself reflecting on not only my own presence in place, but the strong, yet very fragile ecosystem of the environment.
My paintings are quite site-responsive, so I normally begin with a simple palette of oils and mix the paint as I go to keep up with the constantly changing light conditions of the environment, which in turn, captures the movement within the place.
IN AN INCREASINGLY DIGITIZED WORLD, HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CONSIDER WHEN MARKETING YOUR WORK?
I think it’s really important to stay connected with the world, in whatever form that may be. Physically or virtually, art has always had this ability to connect with people throughout time and place, and as we move to a more digital presence, we have found so many different ways to stay connected and be in touch with one another. To me, the privilege to be able to have this online presence has opened up invaluable opportunities as an artist, and this is something I am truly grateful for.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY FUTURE PROJECTS?
At this time, I’ll be working on painting more of this beautiful forest and of the Philippines, which will occupy most of my time for the next few months. I have a couple of really exciting projects with a couple of organisations of whom dedicates their time regenerating land and forests in the Philippines and here in Australia, so I’m really excited to share this in the near future.