I've always been an artist, in between property development and family. I initially focused on large scale oil portraits and mixed media until I discovered the thrill of painting with God.
For many years I pursued what I thought were the accepted paths to being an artist. I did an MA in Visual Art and became a secondary art teacher. I pursued years of exhibitions, art shows, skill development and tutoring. I did numerous art residencies chasing what I that was the correct way.
Now I'm embracing the pursuit of the supernatural. Releasing messages from God in paint can be super fun. I'm also fascinated by the opportunities presented by online reach.
My book, Painting With God, came out of a 52 week painting exercise where I painted each week live for a whole year. I had to spend a lot of time trying to work out what prophetic art meant and why anyone would do it. What I came up with is outside what many people assume it is.
Before that, I was a portrait artist. As is the way with many artists, I often subconsciously painted 'self-portraits' in that the underlying themes of my works reflected people who overcame tremendous difficulties but who were still progressing. Some portraits were of refugees who had come to Australia from dire conditions in camps, others were of indigenous Australians who had had an early scant education but were pursuing higher education and working with younger indigenous. Later works began to be more focused on women overcoming erroneous societal and cultural expectations.
The works below are a small selection of those older works. They have evolved through many explorations and settled into a contemporary realist genre. They were almost all done with oils or mixed media and many are very large.