Art Prize – Island Paintings
Art for me is something all-encompassing. You might say it takes account of the human senses and the multicultural experiences one gets with travel. In this human adventure, there is the experience of seeing many different story’s unfolding.
I have always liked the idea that a picture tells a thousand words. I like to think that the art I produce thematically influences a narrative. In this way, your mind cognitively creates a world and these pictures allow you to write words to help you investigate it further. My story therefore is written from the art. Time is also important in my scrawling with pastel or pencil.
The afterlife and one’s soul and the place you live are like islands with a basement of hell and a mountain top of heaven. In this earthly sandwich, one tries to stay true to ones own unique creative expression.
I have always liked the idea that a picture tells a thousand words. I like to think that the art I produce thematically influences a narrative.
Real islands feature in this work. everything from the Aitutaki to Iceland to Lindisfarne. The people who live on these wonderful islands are joined invisibly by their heritage, legends and spirituality. The sea is a source of inspiration, trial, food and a barrier for themselves and others. This reality has helped me create a vision of an ‘Island of Paradise lost’. Art for me is a challenge. I do not copy or profess to understand it. it is an indulgence but one hopes it inspires others to escape their world and travel like a Peter Pan. A brave new world awaits.