My Paintings

Born in Manjimup Western Australia, I began painting in oils at about the age of 11. I taught myself from books my mother bought me. At 13 years old, in 1965, I won the West Australian newspaper state art competition for under 14 year-olds.

The only instructions I had was in grade 10 at high school at the age of 15. I was in the art class with about 40 girls and one other boy. I brought my oil paints to school as I was the only one interested in oils. I was probably the only one who really wanted to paint. As a result the teacher took an interest to really help me.

I continued painting up until completing my final undergraduate year at the University of Western Australia, where I studied physics. After 1974 I became involved with other commitments (became a missionary, got married and had kids, started a business, did a PhD and became a research professor etc) and never painted again until after I retired in 2016. My first new painting was in January 2017. See below.

My preferred medium is oil on canvas. I enjoy trying new ideas but I am still developing my own style. My interests include realism and semi-realism of nature, seascapes and landscapes. I am also eager to explore techniques that the impressionists used.

The following are some my paintings.

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The last stop: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by the ending scene of the movie “Murder on the Orient Express”. My picture is of a train stop that is the last on the line before the train heads off to eternity. Hence the station is named JAH. JAH is the Old Testament name for the Lord Jesus Christ. Oil on canvas, 2018.

Crane away

Crane away: 50 cm x 60 cm. From photograph taken by Barry Mickle in Bunbury (WA). Oil on canvas, 2018.

Sunset up north

Sunset up north: 60 cm x 50 cm. From a photograph taken by Joy Bowman in the North west of WA. Only palette knives used, no brushes. Oil on canvas, 2018.

Denmark beach

Windy day on the beach at Denmark : 60 cm x 50 cm. From photograph taken by Irene Kingsford, Denmark (WA). Oil on canvas, 2018.

Sun setting over jetty

Sunset over jetty: 50 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

The Miller's cottage

The Miller’s Cottage I: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by the scene of ‘The Haywain’ by John Constable. Oil on canvas, 2018.

The Miller's cottage II

The Miller’s Cottage II: 50 cm x 40 cm. Inspired by scene of ‘The Haywain’ by John Constable. Oil on canvas, 2018.

In the park

In the park: 50 cm x 40 cm. This painting was inspired from a photo taken by my daughter of her daughter in the park. It was not clear to me what she was looking at so I added a Rosella above the trees. Oil on canvas, 2018.

The green green grass of home

The green green grass of home: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

Rocky outcrop

Rocky outcrop: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

The catch

The catch: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

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The fight: 50 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

Sunset at Uluru

Sunset over Uluru: 90 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

Sunrise at Kata Tjuta

Sunrise at Kata Tjuta: 90 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

Flying into the sun

Flying into the sun: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2018.

After the bush fire

After the bush fire: 40 cm x 30 cm. Inspired by scenes I saw as a child in the Manjimup/Pemberton district. Oil on canvas, 2017.

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The valley: 40 cm x 30 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

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The old quarry: 90 cm x 60 cm. After a 44 year hiatus from oil painting this was the first painting I did, painted in January 2017. Many years ago I took a photo of the old quarry where I’d take my young children to play. I thought one day I’ll start painting again and it will be this one. Oil on canvas, 2017.

River gums in fog

River gums in fog: 75 cm x 60 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

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River lake: 50 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

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Purple sunset: 60 cm x 50 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

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Rock pool: The painting which won me the WA newspapers state art competition for under 14 year-olds. Oil on paper, 1965


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Emus in sun: 30 cm x 40 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017

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Kangaroo with joey: 40 cm x 30 cm. Oil on canvas, 2017.

Purple sunset

Purple wave sunset: 40 cm x 30 cm. Oil on canvas. I experimented with purple reflections, 2017.