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I love making art. Mostly I love the scary journey of not knowing where I am going, then the wonderful surprise of it meaning something in the end. Art with gestalt. I started as a self-taught teen making an unhappy mess, coveting the talent to do better. It’s what I still do. It’s what I will always do. That’s the art journey, after all. The opportunity to twist some never before twisted door handle and peek into the unknown.
Harvest Time. Circa 1990. Oil on canvas.
Speaking of twisting, here is a work I painted in 1990, by twisting the perspective I say, ‘what about me’. It won first prize in our local art show, which was the requirement for entry to the Perth Royal Show in those days. That’s a lifetime ago, but it stands as the only competition I have ever entered bar one. After then my career took hold. For the next Twenty years I rode the Asian dragons through the dot com boom and bust, then got a normal job as we began raising our family. Disaster struck in my mid 40’s, and for 8 long years I was too ill to work. I am deeply thankful to my wife and children for getting us through it. In recovery, I began painting again. My first solo exhibition in 2014 was the scariest thing I have ever done. I have done harder, but not scarier. Why? I do not know. I guess I was used to hiding in a suit.
Munjina Gorge. 2014. Oil on stretched canvas. 100cm * 100 cm
At the exhibition I used QR codes to link videos with each artwork. With strong sales, including to our local member of parliament and a Perth identity, the night was a thrill. But that was not the best thing. The biggest thrill was the door handle I twisted that very night. Six years later I am launching VooGlue (magically gluing), a mobile app that turns an artwork into a QR code, then glues multimedia to it. My audience watches multimedia simply by pointing their phone at my artwork, purchasing becomes but a single tap. Its new and exciting. Partners and collaborators are joining the project and new friends are sought. Call me to collaborate.
Chain Gang, 2020. Mixed Multimedia on Canvas. 30cm x 40 cm
Now my art uses VooGlue as I break open my canvas to tell ‘story’ with multimedia. Viewing the multimedia is designed for originals so I invite you to visit my home studio display, at 55 Robinson St Nedlands. Yes, do come on over. I’ll put the kettle on. Call me on 0408807190.