John - Hand on Head (2018)
Before Covid 19, I used to attend life drawing sessions, once a month, at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Victoria Australia. I usually draw on large sheets of paper, but I decided to take my Samsung Tablet into the class, and I had a free children's drawing app loaded on it. I used a brush(within the app) which had a barbed wire effect, and I used my pointer finger on my right hand to draw the image.
The model, John McCulloch's (Instagram johnmcmodel) surname doesn't start with H as indicated on the drawing. He is a well-known life-model and actor in Melbourne. It wasn't until early 2020 when John was modeling for a painting class that I recognised him and learnt his surname - I do have his permission to mention his name here. My youngest daughter's favourite episode of an Australian children's TV series was Round The Twist (Series 2 Ep.8), where John appeared as the grandfather at the start of the episode.
I grew up on a mixed farm, until I went to high school aged 11 in the Wimmera district in Victoria Australia. At high school, unable to timetable both Art and Math, I studied the latter by correspondence in the school library. I was not very disciplined and spent most of my time looking through Art books. Later, I completed a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), and a Graduate Diploma (Sculpture). Wanting to travel, I gained further qualifications in teaching, linguistics, and languages.
My work is largely auto-biographical and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself. I am currently drawing with a variety of mark-making media, and painting in both acrylic and oils.
I believe that practice, and physiological and mental predispositions, combined with life and incidental circumstances, confirm the direction and so-called talent of any individual. As humans who have evolved and endured, we sought patterns in nature which helped our species to survive. Now we revive those patterns in our culture. We see relationships everywhere; in nature, mathematics, science, storytelling, music and in the visual arts etc. We often are unconsciously aware of these patterns.