The Home on Byron Bay - large format, acrylic on MDF 180x120cm. This was commissioned by an Interior Architect and Designer, who works all over the world. She wanted this done of her beautiful home in Byron Bay to sit with her growing art collection.
The following two images are examples of the way I love to work, if I work very large. The originals are up to (so far) 8 foot square, made up of 2 foot squares of 5mm MDF, pushed flush together. It is my favourite surface for painting onto.
It takes a real bashing. Sandpapering, collaging, painting, and layering my work. Sometimes printing parts of it out, cutting into it, and re-layering it back on. Working back into it and so on until it naturally reaches its point of conclusion.
Detailed drawings; Normally around A4 or A3 in size. Sometimes an idea for an image lends itself better to a more detailed, maximal approach. I use pencil, ink, gouache, posca pens or watercolour. Sometimes a mix. It creates a sense of strong colour and form, as well as texture. SOmetimes it is places, sometimes people.
My fountain pen. I have been drawing with it for years. It feels like an extension of my arm. It works for gestural, expressive work. Often starring a loved one, a conversation, and interaction, or pets. This technique often stays black and white, sometimes requires a bit of colour and I tend to draw on cream Leuchtturm paper, however sometimes coloured paper does the job perfectly. It depends on the reference.