I began drawing in mid 2010, after a series of conversations with a musician/composer who was a friend of a friend from the 1990s. This idea to draw/paint has led to several hundred pieces of art (mostly on A4 and A5 paper and canvas pad), drawn initially in Canberra my former hometown.
In 2011, I undertook an eight month art field trip firstly around outback Australia and Tasmania, and then to China, Mongolia, Russia, Budapest, Istanbul and Tibet. Now back in Canberra for a couple of months, I am preparing for a year-long study trip to Vietnam (graduate diploma in Vietnamese language). I will also use my time in Asia to do some more drawings.
I have taken many photographs on my travels, and hope to set up a studio, in the near future, so that I can focus on more substantial pieces (canvases, oils, etc), that are harder to do in the field.
The Year of the Dragon 2012, has been for me an opportunity to visit, and live for one year in this beautiful country. It was a long-time dream, as I had studied the language in the years prior to that. My interest in Asia also comes from having lived in Papua New Guinea and Borneo as a kid.
I have tried to capture hidden non-stereotyped perspectives, from the point-of-view of a foreigner experiencing everyday life there. I have leant towards abstract and existential interpretations. My method is to draw quickly, to try to capture the irrationality that I feel is missing in today's functionalist and routinised twenty-first Century World. I hope for a natural response, which aims at broadening diversity.