Awards and Rewards

It's been a busy month with one painting in the finals of the Tasman Art Awards and another in the Suter Nelson Art Society Spring Show,...

What IS the point of painting?

How to decide direction once apprenticeship is done and technical challenges are no longer the main focus of painting? Is it to...

Is Lockdown Sexy?

New Zealand has finally joined the rest of the world and I am locked down sketching away, gazing at my mountains, but preparing a...

Finding Purpose

Helping people find their purpose was the privilege in my career as a coach. So I shouldn't be astonished to find myself newly resident...

Getting Personal

I thought it was time I let you know what I’m actually doing. My new address is a lovely warm cottage with a guest room that has a view...

Living a Dream

(scroll down for the film! you don't have to read the guff.) Survivor guilt is alive in 2021 for those of us in New Zealand, while the...

Neuroplasticity

I'm assured that the more I attend to my painting, the more neural pathways I am creating in my "paint centre". It's not just experience....

Sit for a Portrait?

I am painting in the gallery all next week and would dearly love you to come and sit for me. You can book in by emailing...

Why mount a show?

A few months ago, I genuinely had no need to show my work. "I am happy just painting," I said. Then, in response to Sprout Arts (London...

Master the perfect brush stroke technique

This is a post I wish I was reading rather than writing! Maybe it should be titled "Attempt to get a decent brush stroke technique". ...