Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment? Technology in art. I have adopted the computer as my creative partner with all my work beginning its life digitally. To see how the ever-changing technology has allowed artists to push the boundaries inspires one embrace the digital as means to make art while never forgetting the traditional.
Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why? Jeffrey Smart. I admired his use of colour, geometry and composition to give urban and industrial subjects a surreal and intriguing makeover. On seeing his work in 2012 at his Retrospective exhibition you only then can comprehend the level of detail in the painting and what a talent he was.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why? The Field Revisited 2018 NGV. The exhibition celebrated the 50th anniversary of the NGV when the Field was its first exhibition. Revisited exhibited many of the original works with others being remade. The original exhibition was defined as defining the direction of contemporary art in Australia. To see a large body where hardedge art was dominate has influenced me in the way I make art. It was of great interest to discover that it was the development of acrylic house paint that was a major contributor to the change in contemporary art. Artists could now paint razor sharp edges that oil could not accommodate.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work? My inspiration comes from observation. An idea can be triggered by a spoken word, something on television, images on the internet, a shape or a colour. You never know when it will happen or the source.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about? With the computer being my creative partner, it has become my domain for making work. By its nature the computer dictates distinct phases in making art. The conception and the production. Once an idea is conceived a draft is created digitally. Then it is produced in an appropriate medium. My work moves freely between the digital and analogue. This pragmatic approach is used in all my work.
What do you like most about being an artist? The making of art is a solitary practice that I enjoy. It allows you to escape and produce something from the mind. However, the most pleasing thing about being an artist is that once the product of your escapism is complete it is there for others to experience and hopefully appreciate.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block? Troll the internet looking at the work of other artists. Sooner or later, you’ll get inspired.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? The transition from being an accountant to an artist.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how? Today we are exposed to a plethora of visual stimuli whether it be on a mobile device, printed matter, television or billboards. We are constantly being told how to live and think. Influencers are now the major communicators whether they are a professional, friend, activist, commentator, politician or just a “know it all”. Are our dopamine systems being overloaded with this constant stimulation? I want to produce art to have no other purpose than to be visually consumed. To be considered an oasis, isolated from the real world, where the only thing that exists is the image and your thoughts. Allowing the viewer to linger in this space before returning to reality.
What are your plans for the coming year? To continue making art and go with the flow.