Art

I began my creative career in the visual arts. I graduated from York University (Toronto) and UNSW Art & Design (Sydney) with a BFA and an MArt respectively after which I pursued my art career exhibiting in some of the best galleries in Sydney. Disillusioned with the Sydney art scene I left on a year long journey around the world. However Ireland, my first stop captivated my heart and I dropped anchor and stayed for 11 years. That is where I found the courage to perform my songs before an audience… but that story is for the music page.

SELECTED ARTWORKS THROUGH THE YEARS

“This Means War” 1991 – made in response using newspaper clippings of the 1991 Gulf War. I got lost in all the words and images of the horrible destruction and I felt a war going on inside me.
detail of “This Means War” (that curl on the left is a heart wrenching image of a bird covered in black oil)
painting installation, mixed media on vellum, 1994 – The boxes have holes in that are burned, cut, ripped into and there are miniature “landscapes” on the interior. There were pinholes in the top allowing multiple thin light beams illuminating the interior sourced from the rows of gallery lights above. The heated and burned remnants on the back wall are pinned and hovering appearing like suspended glass or translucent shells.

 

Acrylic on board (12ft x 2.5ft) 2014 – San Marcos – painted for a larger mural proposal
“Little Cargo” A painting inspired by a video inspired by a song “Little Cargo” – acrylic on canvas – 3ft x 4ft

VIDEO – To me, video is painting in motion. Below are a couple examples of my video work.

East Austin Studio Tour – 2013

Hearts and Hands was a multi-media community art project as part of the group show at the Historic Victory Grill as part of EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR 2013. The project took place over two week-ends. ┬áMy portable recording studio was set up on stage to capture stories from the gallery visitors. They are layer and mixed in with some old recordings of Richard Bowden’s some dating back 60 years. The video finishes off in the forest on a full moon night in front of the cave art like hands painting. This is a tip of the hat to our ancestors who told stories around a flame. Stories were the glue that held those communities together helping them to survive 1000s of years of unexpected occurrences. We owe our existence to their survival. That is who the “thank you” at the end of the video is for all those who participated in the project but as well, our innovative ancestors who survived against the odds.

DOCUMENTARY
The Texas Heritage Music Day celebrates another way of learning using stories and songs! Over 50 performers gather to share with students, teachers and the Hill Country community. Held on the Schreiner University campus the last Friday of September, the event is produced by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.