I have been painting in oils for 50 years. Born and bred in Dunedin, I attended Maori Hill school, Otago Boys HS and Otago Medical School. I had an interest in drawing and watercolours as a child. I worked as a GP for 30 years in Invercargill where time constraints prevented me from painting to any extent. An early retirement to Alexandra allowed me to concentrate on painting.
My initial interest in painting was stimulated by a passion for photography which is a good instructor on the way light falls on the land, water and sky. From that background, I found that painting allowed more freedom of expression, though it was much more difficult to achieve the desired result.
As a youngster, I spent alot of time tramping and climbing in the south.This imbued in me a love for the mountains and lakes and seascapes of the South Island, and hence is my preferred subject matter.
I have been fortunate to benefit from valuable advice freely given by local artists Douglas Badcock, Neil Driver and Nigel Wilson. I have been encouraged toward plein air painting, or painting directlly from the scene, which I prefer as a total sensory experience and which encourages visual truth hence empathy from the viewer.
I have in the course of work and play done a few trips overseas and have usually packed my paints and enjoyed trying to capture foreign scenes on canvas. My main challenges are trying to get the colours, tones and composition right an plan to continue the journey with no destination, health issues allowing, into my senescence.
Over the past 6 years, since living in Dunedin, I have exhibited regularly with the Otago Art Society at the Dunedin Railway Station as an artist member.