My abstract paintings are playful and quirky, using bold lines and vibrant colours to explore the energy of the west coast, around boats, in marinas and on the water. Most of my inspiration comes from what I observe on the sea and from sailing in the local waters. Keeping a loose approach with a childlike attitude to my painting process, I want my art to encourage imagination and possibilities.
Symbolism plays a role in my work: the horizon evokes reflection and peace; ladders and docks can suggest growth or transition; boats and rigging remind us of the structure that helps or hinders our progression through life; birds represent trust and the delight of taking risks; faces surface as friends and the connective element of humanity; eyes shine a governing light on the path forward; and three men in a boat are the travelling companions that accompany us on journeys. These and other iconic images appear on my canvases in spirited, uninhibited, and energetic arrangements.
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