2020 Art Journal

Video and excerpts from my 2020 art journal, including artistic renditions of worldwide media coronavirus representations.

Remnant Regrowth

South Australia may be COVID-19 free, for now, but we are not pain free. Memories of bushfires still haunt many and efforts of recovery still weigh heavily.

Home: place and space

In December 2019 our home was the most dangerous place to be.

In March 2020 our home was the safest place to be.

Mill Studies: SALA

Place Matters: studying ‘place’ throughout time aids belonging and furthers the understanding of the assumptions that drench us. It feeds a love of culture, architectural design, artistic expression and mostly, the people of that time.

Canvas Repairs

The Skateboard and Canvas Incident: this painting was destined for an exhibition in 2018. And it nearly made it, if not for the undeniable rip right through the centre.

The Mill at Night

This painting is a view of Building 21, Lobethal Woollen Mill. The aesthetics of the Mill’s nineteenth century buildings change with the time of day, the weather and my own mood.

The Mill at Noon

It’s the midday light in this panoramic fisheye view of Building 21 that emphasizes the architectural beauty and vivid colours of the Lobethal Woollen Mill buildings.

Onkaparinga Barcode Blanket

This felt pen drawing was inspired by the pattern of an Onkaparinga Woollen Mill blanket and fuelled by a powerful sense of place created at the Lobethal Woollen Mill.

Iceland in Agnes’s Shoes

Agnes’s Shoes was inspired by the journey of author, Hannah Kent, that culminated in her debut novel ‘Burial Rites’

Listening to silent women

Hear Me is dedicated to the anonymous women who cannot speak out about sexual harassment—inspired by TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year: the ‘Silence Breakers’.

80 year old X-rays found – part 2

More than 200 X-rays were found while cleaning out the roof-space of a 1930s purpose-built doctor’s residence in the Adelaide Hills.

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80 year old X-rays found – part 1

While gathering these stories and seeking legal permissions, I decided to paint two ‘X-ray style’ oil paintings on canvas for the Adelaide Hills Council’s 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition.

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How to paint a Harley in 9 steps

Painting for the pleasure of another is the greatest reward; anticipation of this pleasure is the greatest anxiety. This Harley was commissioned by a friend as a surprise for her husband’s birthday. It seemed like a fun idea and I had nine months notice — what could possibly go wrong? That year came and went….

Inspiration – Vineyard Dawn, Adelaide Hills

A local dawn vineyard image caught my eye on Instagram and I thought ‘I might paint that one day’, so I screenshot it and forgot it … until, short notice artistic inspiration was required for an upcoming SALA exhibition. Over-zealous-zooming of the original screen shot removed important details like place, date and photographer, but I…

HEAL Chicago

“An enemy is a person whose story we have not heard” … (author unknown but heeded) These paintings depict a streetscape of Chicago from many points of view; bird’s-eye, street maps, canals, rivers, public transport, underground, street-view from a child, the hallway in an apartment block, alleyways, doors, windows and sidewalks. The impact of violence…