David Seated (2019)
This drawing is one of the first I made after attending a workshop held by art tutor Catherine Hamilton in Melbourne Australia. This drawing incorporates many of the techniques that Catherine showed the attendees during the workshop. I've layered a basic charcoal drawing with wet and dry ArtGraph in earth colours, and layers of ink and graphite. Between each layer, I rolled a thin layer of transparent gesso. The technique creates an organic or geological layring of patinas through which the drawing gradually develops.
In this work, I was careful to reserve the integrity of each layer of the drawing and applied thin layers of gesso, as does Catherine. However, in my recent work, I have been painting thick layers of transparent gesso for a different effect.
I chose this particular model because he is different to the majority of models that I've experienced.
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and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself.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.