Roy in the Australian Bush (2020)
This drawing took several weeks (about 4 hour a day) to complete due to the technique used. The technique was taught to me in a workshop late last year by Australian artist Catherine Hamilton. I've added my ideas to this technique in this drawing. The subject matter of the drawing is based on a photo taken by my daughter of her husband. There were bush-walking in the beautiful bushlands north-east of Melbourne (Australia) when this photo was taken. Australians call forests, "the bush". I've changed the bush foliage somewhat so that it apears to wrap around and protect the figure sitting in its midst.
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and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself.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.