As an artist, I have always been fascinated by the natural world and the incredible diversity of life that surrounds us. Having grown up in New Zealand, I was exposed to a wide range of flora and fauna from an early age, and this has had a profound impact on my artistic vision.
When I moved to California, I was struck by the unique beauty of the landscape and the incredible array of wildflowers that thrived in the region. One of the most stunning displays is the superbloom, where after a long period of drought, a heavy rainfall over winter causes the hillsides and meadows to burst into a riot of color in the springtime.
The California poppy is one of the most prolific flowers in this phenomenon, and it features prominently in my latest collection of paintings, appropriately titled 'Superbloom'. However, I wanted to showcase the diversity of the region's flora, and so I included other flowers such as sunflowers, lilies and peonies.
One of the paintings in this collection, entitled 'Peony Promise', features a still life of a beautiful bouquet of pink and white peonies in a delicate glass vase. The soft, delicate petals are rendered in an impasto style, with saturated colors that create a striking effect. The painting captures the quiet beauty of a simple arrangement of flowers, bringing a sense of peace and tranquility to any room.
Another painting, 'Glimpse of Summer', captures the Los Angeles skyline peeking through a field of California Poppies. The intricate details and vivid colors of the poppes are depicted in a bold, impressionistic style that gives the painting a sense of energy and movement. This painting captures the vibrancy and energy of the natural world, making it the perfect centerpiece for any room.
Through this collection, I hope to share the joy and wonder that I experience when I witness the natural beauty that surrounds me every day. As an artist, I am always experimenting with new techniques and styles to express my creativity, and this collection is no exception. I have used a variety of techniques to bring these flowers to life on the canvas, from delicate brushwork to bold, expressive palette knife strokes.
Whether you are a seasoned art collector or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, I hope that my 'Superbloom' collection will inspire and delight you. If you are interested in purchasing a painting or have any questions about my work, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am always excited to share my passion for art with others and look forward to hearing from you.
Hey everyone, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my instructional book: Palette Knife Painting: Deep Impasto!
As a professional palette knife artist, I’m so excited to share my unique perspective on this technique and offer valuable insights to other artists who want to master this medium.
Writing this book was an incredible experience that allowed me to not only create content, but also organize it in a way that is easy to follow and understand. I made sure to include lots of beautiful high-quality images that showcase my paintings and techniques, making the book visually appealing and informative.
The book will be released May 23, 2023, and is available now for pre-order. I can't wait to share it with all of you and help you take your palette knife painting skills to the next level. Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced artist, my book will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to create stunning works of art.
I want to give a special thanks to my publisher Quarto for their support throughout this process, as well as to my collectors and followers who have encouraged me to keep pursuing my passion. I couldn't have done it without all of you.
To celebrate the launch of my book, I am offering a giveaway of my signature online course for a limited time. Be sure to check out my website below for more details and to order your copy today. Thank you all for your support and I can't wait to see the amazing paintings you create with your palette knife!
Commissioned art is the best way to connect with an artist, and craft a story together around a concept or a cherished memory. You become the owner of an original artwork that will not only increase in value as an investment, but you’ll also be able to relish the fact that you’ve trusted and invested in yourself, and the artist, whilst helping to build something really unique and beautiful!
I just love it when a person reaches out and asks whether I would be interested in painting their childhood home, their favorite city, landmark, or their secret beloved hiking trail.
These are just a few examples of subject matter that resonates with people, and there are many, many others. Here’s where to start if you’re interested in commissioning an original artwork.
Think of what you love and cherish. Does that trip you took to Peru a decade ago still dance around your subconscious, or how you got engaged under the Golden Gate Bridge, an afternoon wine tasting with friends, a boat trip, or your Grandparents cabin among the birch trees where you can still feel and hear the leaves crackling underfoot?
Whatever stirs you is an excellent place to start and build from
My most recent collector really liked a painting of mine that was already sold. A contemporary San Francisco cityscape painting. He and his family had moved from the city like so many other people during the Covid 19 Pandemic, and he missed the iconic, everyday scene of the Golden Gate Bridge. My painting had caught his eye, but he wanted it bigger than the original, and he also had an idea to tweak the composition a little to include both spires of the bridge. After emails and a phone call to talk about the nuances, we worked together to agree on a perspective that kept the flair of the original painting, included both spires, shifted everything to the right, but also maintained the length of the bridge. We both live in the Bay Area, so we wanted to keep the perspective of the bridge to be somewhat representational, yet still abstract.
When he arrived at my studio for the big reveal, I’m not sure who was more excited! We had so much fun enjoying his new piece together before he took it home to hang for his family to cherish for generations.
So in working together, we both produced a piece that would really tell a story and resonate emotionally, which is at the very core of art. Art is emotion, and when you’ve conveyed emotion in your art, you’re on track.