It was the 60’s when my mum, an artist and graphic designer, introduced me to butterfly symmetry paintings. I was just a ‘little tacker’. You put a couple of blobs of coloured paint on one side of a piece of paper, fold the paper in half and press down. You open it up and wallah! Out pops this totally colourist creation that you stuck on the window and watched dry.
I loved those butterfly paintings. I loved exploring the way colours combined and blended. No skill required, just a love of colour and enjoying the experience. That’s when my journey began with colour.
Now these many years later I find that using colour is just a natural part of my artistic journey. I love colour.
I have always been a person that has painted larger artwork. What I found was that large art looks great at an exhibition but the practicalities of storage can sometimes be a nightmare. That is unless you have a studio. Large artworks become damaged, and if not hung, can begin to warp.
In 2017 I decided to try out miniatures on our summer holiday up the coast. Thus began a collection called Little Treasures.
I used small canvas on board that I imported from the U.S.A. They are small at 4″ x 4″.
This is one of my first few train sketches. I know because I was scared to draw people in real time. Instead I focused on things that were on the train. I had made a little bag with coloured pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener and a few markers.
I used to doodle on the free newspaper that was handed out at North Sydney station after I finished the Sudoku on it. Then they stopped making the paper. That’s when I bought my first sketch book for this series. It was from a newsagent on the underground walkway.