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Babylon Revisited
A combination of war images collected from Iraq and the destruction of the environment with an exploding sky set against a black ominous cloudy canvas. I don't usually paint disaster or catastrophe but I made this an exception. A comment if you like but this war was just another imposition of power gone quite mad.
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Bamburgh Castle
Set in a foggy landscape with respect for history. This particular castle has an interesting history. Worthy of historical research if you are interested.
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Bird Of Paradise
A beautiful flower set against an oversized leaf. That's it.
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Chinese Junk
This junk sits peacefully on a becalmed sea awaiting the slightest breeze. The crew sit about perhaps contemplating their lives back home with Mao at the real helm of China.
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Cock Fight
Bloodsport turned to colourful spectacle. Onlookers dressed for a party appearing colourful but anonymous at the same time. I wouldn't want to be recognised either.
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Desert Building
This abandoned building in the outback struck me as a monument to a brave but unsuccessful attempt at progress in the desert wilderness. It is a building for the Independent Order of Oddfellows somewhere in Western Australia.
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Dimensions
An impression of the 4th or mystical dimension which cannot be drawn in the 3rd dimension but imposes upon the viewer the truth that all life is a product of the cosmos and perhaps can be seen as a statement of the commonality we share with one another. A fact we can never escape from.
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Dragon
The Dragon forms part of the Chinese/oriental astrological symbolism. It has in its claw the elusive pearl of wisdom. This symbol is a benevolent one as opposed to similar dragons from the west which were represented as fearsome and fear-provoking.
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Fritillaria
This beautiful flower originates in the Himalayas and took many hours to paint but I enjoyed the experience.
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Godhead
As evolution progresses so too the creatures we live with. This painting suggests that sometime in the future a group of disparate lizards encounter a stone carving of a lizard left through the eons of time and they rediscover it on the floor of a leaf-strewn jungle carpet. They surround the carving with a slowly developing intelligence but this is beyond them at this time. The result is that the carving becomes a deity. A familiar theme when one considers how humans defy that which we don't understand.
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Green Camelion
This quite remarkable lizard is painted as it truly is. This creature is endowed with the most amazing colours and looks just as it is apinted - believe it or not. The flowers are found only in Madegaskar. It is truly a beautiful wonder. Prints of all sizes have been sent to collectors and this work has proven to be one of my most popular paintings.
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Green Sea Dragon
A suggestive interpretation of the future for this amazing sea dweller. Is this a monument to its having existed? Highly detailed, simulated ceramic tiled background taken from the re-constructed tiled walls of Babylon now in Germany.
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Heron
This bird has attitude.
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Iguana Plan
A possible future lament for extinct species. This painting explores mankind's futile attempt to recreate a lost species. Almost impossible is my guess. What do you think?
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Imperial Hotel
This hotel (The Imperial) has been transported back to a time when these establishments were like oases in the outback. This hotel appears to be deserted as I have attempted to show its apparent lack of patronage because of the second world war when all available manpower was away fighting. The posters on the fence relate to the motion pictures of the period. You can bet there were no poker machines there!
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Iris
Yet another flower. There's not much to say about flowers except to appreciate their individuality and beauty.
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Italianate Flowers
This painting represents to me an example of how this subject would be painted during the renaissance. An interesting exercise.
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Lizard Mosaic
Using a simulated mosaic effect for the background I have attempted to suggest an old country comparing the mosaics of Pompeii with the white tree trunks representing the ancient columns of Greece etc. The history of Australia goes back much, much further but I have attempted to show the frill-necked lizard emerging from this background in real life. The past is always with us.
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Lizard with Leaves
This is the Eastern Water Dragon common to Australia, and it is harmless. To me its countenance is benign with an expression reminiscent of the Mona Lisa. You may think otherwise, but worth exploring.
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Madagascar Rococo
This colourful and enigmatic chameleon is placed within a red rococo shell and you need to explore the image for detail. The lines of the mosaic of the body and rococo shell follow in tandem to complement each other.
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Obtrusion
Obtrusion means the thrusting forward of uninvited interference. The background is full of balloons and streamers that demonstrate the obtrusive and uncalled for nature of human invasion upon the environment. It is human thoughtlessness that is represented by the colourful party we seem to be having regardless of the creatures with which we share this small planet.
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Pieta
I spent exactly six months on this painting. It comes from an idea that the loss of son is a very heart-rending event regardless of any particular culture. I chose the Michelangelo marble version as the basis of the painting but where traditionally the grieving mother was Mary, in this painting it is a grieving Aboriginal. There is no gender implied, but I have attempted to draw into the theme an embracing gum tree and an empathetic Australian lizard in the foreground. This is an attempt to draw the viewer to the grief of the moment but is not meant to engender any political statement whatsoever.
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Pilgrim
Representing the folly of random evolution set against a background of an electron photograph of exploding sub-atomic particles. A fun hypothesis of the ever-changing passage through eons of time of a mutating species.
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Rainforest Lizard
This is a dark image but that is the environment in which it survives. Are the little spots of colour in the background natural phenomena or perhaps something more sinister depicting the coming of the modern expanding environment of humankind?
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Red Ginger
A very colourful flower. A flower is a flower is a flower.
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Sea Dragon 1
Hard to imagine that such a creature could even exist. But nature has a habit of tricking us in the same way the Sea Dragon uses camouflage to blend in with its surroundings to trick predators. Here I have stylised a cut-away illustration to show that despite the improbable odds of survival for such a creature, life goes on.
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Silver Thistle
I really enjoyed this particular flower. I like the subtlety of the leaves which I found to be a challenge at the time as I usually love to use colour. A lot of time was spent building the form of the leaves by very light washes of grey.
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Tarsia
This very small mammal lives mainly on insects but its eyes are captivating and look like large moons. Most children love it and I have sold many prints of all sizes in a limited edition.
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Thorny Devil
I have attempted to show this very small ant-eating lizard in its very arid environment to which it is inextricably linked. I have painted the subject in a mosaic form with the suggestion of its connection to the heat of the mosaic desert landscape. The background mosaic flows and is part of the creature itself - thus the link.
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Timeless
Very happy with this painting. Here I depict the passage of time as shown by the contrast between the building in the background slowly crumbling to ruins and highliting the folly of humankind seeking perpetuity compared to the ever-present ever-evolving lizards calmly basking on the fence and soaking up the sun - doing what nature intended. How swiftly does man's glory fade. The title of this work - Timeless - says it all.
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Tropical Red
This flower belongs to the orchid family and the richness of the colours are meant to brighten up wherever it is placed.
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Voltaire
Here we have a mansion of human reason, myth, art and legend with Voltaire seated upon a throne. The statue at the entrance of the mansion is Ganymede and Zeus as he adores and prepares to carry away the youth he loves. The mansion will become larger as time moves forward. In the foreground however, life goes on unperturbed by human existence and remains oblivious to the wonders of humankind.
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Waratah
The incredibly beautiful New South Wales State floral emblem. The original was presented to Her Excellency, The Governor, Marie Bashir and now prominently hangs in Government House in Sydney.
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Warrior
This painting shows a Papuan warrior in full ceremonial adornment. The viewer could also assume that this warrior is straight from the jungle but has he had a university education and are the spectacles he wears merely a found object? It doesn't always pay to assume.
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Water Dragon
A snapshot of this lizard seeking shelter in a tree. He really is aware of your presence!
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Whitby Abbey
A product of the Tudor times when structures of this kind were destroyed through religious bigotry and hatred. It serves as a silent reminder of the folly of such prejudice.
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  • What an amazing variety of quality art.

    Julie R from Yarraville, Melbourne
  • Wonderful works by uninhibited artists. Thankyou, a real pleasure!!!

    Lynne J from Brisbane
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