Contemporary translucent watercolours
Watercolour in its translucent form is a challenging medium, as frustrating as it can be rewarding, and hard to master. The sequence of washes takes planning to retain the transparency of colours and the whites of the paper. Yet, to achieve a work that is fresh and spontaneous, it requires striking a balance between trying to control the combinations of water, pigment and paper and allowing this wonderfully unpredictable medium to have its own way.
My aim is that a painting should have mood, be emotive, be powerful in its simplicity and representation, and appear effortless. Over the years I’ve developed my own contemporary style using a minimum of brushstrokes, capturing the essence of what I am seeing rather than its detail.
Living on what is one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines, I am constantly inspired by its wonderful scenery, as I am by the beautiful nature of the unique Australian bush.