Watercolour and ink
Inspired from one of my memories as a 10-year-old child, where Mum, Dad and 6 kids piled in their Ford Falcon and drove along a winding gravel road to the beachside campsite at Hot Water Beach, New Zealand. The only reference in the painting to the location is depicted by the traditional digging of holes at the ocean edge for hot water. I wanted you to be able to look at the elements that create a story while you meander through the picture invoking your own memories of perhaps your favourite beachside campsite. -I won Local Artist award 2022 Whitsunday Arts Festival art Exhibition for this painting.
“Heart of Cruising”
Originally painted as a birthday card for my Son’s Grandmother, who came to Airlie Beach on the Coral Princess – I have now recreated it, you can now immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of a cruise ship amidst the heart of the reef, seamlessly connecting with the lively township, that transports you to the colourful wonders of this tropical paradise.
"The Heart of Airlie Beach"
A quirky watercolour and ink painting depicting Airlie Beach township, the Heart Reef, and the Whitsunday Islands. Vibrant colours details transport you to this tropical paradise, where the town, the reef, and the islands harmoniously intertwine.
Watercolour and Ink
Commissioned in conjunction of Mental Health week October 2022, I was asked to paint a picture from a collection of photos, and statements the staff of the organisation had presented to me to show the various ways to relax and find your happy place.
Bowen is a seaside township North Queensland and is one of my favourite places to visit outside of the Whitsundays. The home of the big Mango an Iconic symbol of Bowen. Using my quirky style, I capture some of the highlights of the township.
My quirky style, allows me to bring in different elements into the picture, mixing sunsets with daytime adventures as I love to paint in bright colours this creates the fun and happy emotions of being in the tropics, depicting the Whitsunday Islands Queensland.
"Heart of the Reef"
Inspired by my flight over Heart Reef. One of the great wonders of nature. Enchanted by its vibrant aqua hues and subtle details bring the reef to life, offering a glimpse of its extraordinary beauty.
inspired by a photo shared to me.
I sensed a strong connection when I first saw this photo. I felt like she was looking straight at me and connecting with my heart. Before Adilyn was born, I painted her nursery wall, a beautiful blossom tree on a pink wall, her mother often finds her looking at the blossoms and butterflies as she lays in her cot, it was this connection I found myself compelled to paint her. As I studied her face, I could see many colours creating a softness that only babies have using soft pastels to recreate this picture.
"Out of the Blue"
The reflection in the sunglasses was the inspiration to paint this portrait.
This young indigenous man steps foot on Whitsunday Island for the first time, it is the home of his ancestors. He takes a moment to reflect on their culture and what life was like back then, as he is looking out, I noticed the majestic view reflected in his sunglasses, it is moments like these I am compelled to paint.
Painted from a photo my girlfriend took of me strolling along the North end of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays.
I love to walk by the ocean with the sand beneath my feet the sound of the waves gently breaking on the shore, the smell of the salt in the air.
I love the look of concentration on her face as places the cake back on her tray after having taken a big bite, the cream on her face this was my Granddaughters first birthday and first time having a piece of cake.
“Grandma Comes to Visit”
this painting is the Book Cover of my second book for my Granddaughter
It is never easy painting a picture of yourself – When I first drew the cover, I didn’t like it, I couldn’t get my features right and feeling judgemental seemed to transform onto the paper. I set it aside and went about completing the book. In the time I was painting pictures I was also working on self-esteem and self-worth. We never see ourselves as others see us. Setting aside judgement, I redrew the cover picture, this me cuddling my granddaughter at the airport.
Painted to show my Niece how beautiful she is.
As she looked over her shoulder I captured her cheeky smile, which I loved. This picture took me many months to complete when I first painted it I was not happy as it was meant to show her how beautiful she is as a typical teenager she had a poor body image, this was not going to help. The eyes weren’t right, I was becoming frustrated I had invested too many hours in painting this. I tried a new sealer and over did it, it was too wet, thinking I had ruined the picture I walked away. When I returned a few hours later it had dried, it was now an under painting the tooth of the paper had returned and I was able to correct all the features that weren’t right, I now had my perfect picture to show her how beautiful she is.
“Whitsunday Paradise Explorer”
This pastel painting has been created into a postcard for Paradise Explore.
The location is Esk Island in the Whitsundays and is just one of the beautiful, secluded Islands visited by Paradise Explorer. The post cards are given to guest as a thank you at the end of their tour.
“Coral Sea Serenity”
More than just a painting; it's a poetic tribute to the fragile yet resilient world beneath the waves.
“Coral Sea Serenity” In this artwork, the majestic sight of a breaching whale emerges from a vibrant coral reef bathed in the warm hues of a setting sun. The harmonious blend of acrylic paints, collage elements, and serene blues and aqua tones creates a visual symphony that immerses viewers in the soothing embrace of the sea.
The inclusion of the Coral Sea marina within the collage adds depth and intrigue to the composition, inviting contemplation of the delicate balance between human development and the pristine beauty of marine life.
"Coral Sea Serenity" is more than just a painting; it's a poetic tribute to the fragile yet resilient world beneath the waves. It beckons you to find solace in the serene depths of the ocean, reminding us of the need to cherish and preserve the breathtaking ecosystems that inspire us all.
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