Perspective, the play of light and shadow and colour graduation, are challenges with representational painting. My representative landscape and interior paintings are mostly Sydney centric. I also paint psychological and imaginary landscape paintings, of which some examples can be seen in the Anthropocene page.
MURRAY ROSE POOL WOOLLAHRA (THE DROWNING)
Acrylic on Cardboard 50cm x 35cm 2021
Over the years, life enhancing Sydney Harbour has also courted tragedy. Many undocumented Aboriginal deaths from colonial introduced smallpox occurred in the caves and along the rocky headlands around Sydney Harbour. There has also been a history of shipping mishaps and other drowning tragedies.
CALLAN PARK WAR MEMORIAL
Acrylic on Board 30cm x 45 cm2021
This extraordinary Spanish Mission style WW1 memorial is located in the grounds of the former Callan Park Metal Asylum. It originally featured an unusual Australian flora and fauna influence with a kangaroo head fountain and a eucalyptus gum nut wreath design.
DIBBLE AVENUE WATERHOLE
Oil on Canvas 77cm x 101cm 2015
This former 1890’s clay brick pit, innocuously located in suburban Dulwich Hill, had an incarnation as local swimming hole in the 1930’s, 40’ and 50’s. It is now is an unofficial sanctuary for bird life.
WAVERTON COAL LOADER
Oil on Canvas 90cm x 145cm (Triptych) 2016
The Waverton Coal Loader is a relic from the days when Sydney Harbour was a bustling working harbour.
COCKATOO ISLAND (WA-REA-MAH)
Acrylic on Board 30cm x 20cm 2012
Cockatoo Island has had a chequered history since colonization. Originally known by Indigenous Australians as Wa-rea-mah, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment from 1839-1869. From 1857 until 1991 it was one of Australia’s largest shipyards. It is now a UNESCO heritage listed site..
OBSERVATORY HILL PARK 1
Oil on Canvas 76cm x 101cm 2017
With stunning views of North Sydney and Sydney Harbour this elevated park is one of the many jewels in the crown of Sydney Harbour.
OBSERVATORY HILL PARK 2
Oil on Canvas 101cm x 101cm 2017
Observatory Hill Park is situated on the doorstep of town, but just off the beaten track enough to be able to enjoy some periods of quiet and spaciousness during the day.
OBSERVATORY HILL PARK 3
Oil on Canvas 101cm x 101cm 2017
Sadly, the majestic mature Moreton Bay Fig trees that guard Sydney are decreasing in number. Each mature tree has evolved into a highly individual specimen with unique buttress roots, branches and aerial roots.
PIRRAMA PARK PYRMONT
Oil on Canvas 40cm x 40 cm 2011
Looking west toward Balmain, this inner city Harbourside park was created from a site that once contained wharves and was part of the Colonial Sugar Factory. Sydney Harbour was once a busy working port, but that title now belongs to Botany Bay.
SYDNEY HOSPITAL HALLWAY
Oil on Canvas 101cm x 76cm 2009
A Sydney Hospital building has been located on Macquarie Street since 1811. The 1868 Florence Nightingale building has the ambience of olden days. I painted the hallway on the second floor of the Nightingale Wing in sepia to reflect the age and history of the building.
SPECTACLE ISLAND SYDNEY HARBOUR
Acrylic on Canvas Board 33cm x 50cm 2017
This largely overlooked island in Sydney Harbour is not accessible to the general public. It is the oldest naval explosives manufacturing and storage complex in Australia dating from 1865.
Number 96 Building Woollahra
Oil On Canvas 101cm x 76cm 2016
This apartment block was the scene for the iconic ground breaking 1970’s Australian tv serial Number 96.