When Floods Give you China

On Feburary 28, 2022 the Wilsons River, a normally benign tributary of the Richmond, engulfed Lismore with the sort of ferocity that has not been seen since white settlers began this version of record keeping. Our town is prone to flooding, sitting as it does at the junction of two river systems that drain from…

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What Makes Good Art

I have a secret for you. There is no such thing as “good” art. There’s only art that is good for you. Today.And the art that is good for you today, may not suit tomorrow. In the 30 something years I’ve spent as a full-time artist, I’ve had opportunities to write and speak about many…

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The 35 Things I Learnt

When I said that I was going to go Norfolk Island as a student, more than one person asked why. “But you already know how to paint” they said. “But you’re a professional artist” they said.

I anticipated learning about one new thing a day. And I noted those. But when I began the list for those 7 days on the island, it was closer to five things a day. And there’s probably more yet.

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On a clear day you can see forever

Painting in the field is one of life’s great pleasures. I love getting out of the studio into my other studio – the great outdoors. It has it’s challenges, but painting in the field is an important part of being an artist. Even if your paintings aren’t based on plein air painting, being able work outside rounds…

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