To name the thing I do…its too tricky! If I try then something infinite, beautiful and above all transient, becomes narrow and boxed and contained in such dull light that the something becomes almost invisible. So I’ll leave that task to far more skilled wordsmiths and thinkers who take on the challenge as an art form in itself.
I can say it is a privilege and a discipline to wait and see. To look at colours changing, shapes shifting, flowers growing, people moving, a million stories all one and the same. I want to get to know them so that I might know myself and find the truth somewhere, nestled constant while light passes its illusions from one horizon to the next.
When it comes to craft and technique I value it highly although my formal training has been fairly minimal. I graduated from Queensland University in 2005 with a bachelor of creative industries. University delivered space, a hub of creative misfits and a sense that the most you can achieve in art is to be honest to a fault. It is no small task. In the meantime I completed a dip ed and learnt a great deal about art from 5 year olds.
I often reflect on the knowledge I gained during a fresco painting course in 2010. It was the most beneficial course in painting I have undertaken by far. Somehow that glimpse into the history of painting provided context and a deepened understanding of how much I do not know.
The road is very, very, very long. I’d rather choose to be travelling than standing on the verge. It’s a strange, wonderful and wounded world and I feel grateful every day for the freedom to make this choice.