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I have always had a fascination with rusty, dilapidated abandoned vehicles, factories and other industrial buildings...anything that has been left to rot and ultimately be reclaimed by the earth, apparently without use to humans any longer. These spaces and objects retain a ghostly quality - the imprint of people who at one time worked, lived or drove in them.
To create this ethereal feeling, I used a blurred, dry brush effect in oils on canvas and board. Later on, I found that the cars looked rather menacing to me from certain angles, which portrayed an anthropomorphic quality, and they became less a part of the landscape and more interesting as autonomous objects. I have painted these subjects off and on since I lived on a cattle station in Western Australia in 2000.
When I moved to New York in 2005, I did a series of NYC paintings of buildings under construction. I was struck by how quickly the city was changing, and wanted to capture that energetic but rather sad mood; beautiful old buildings were being demolished, replaced by exciting new structures and businesses.
I am also interested in other New York city subjects...the rush of commuters and beautiful light in Grand Central Station, and models of Asian knights on horseback in the Metropolitan Museum, to name a few. Currently, I am returning to an early obsession with the human figure, which I find more challenging than anything I have ever attempted. Watch this space!