1980-81 Certificate in Art, Wollongong College
1982-84 Diploma in Art, Sturt University, Wagga
1987 Diploma of Education, ITATE, Sydney
2001 Regional Art Gallery, Orange
2003 Regional Art Gallery, Griffith
2005 Regional Art Galllery, Goulburn
My artwork at Briars is a selection of landscapes completed over the last 12 months.
The images are leftover ‘tracks’ of my interaction and expression with the landscape.
The media I use and the act of drawing are subject matter for me. I am not really interested in copying the visual. I am interested in seeing something creative appear.
I make ‘plates’ as compared to etching or woodblock plates. The image plates are created on site using multi media drawn onto 640 gsm watercolour paper. The ‘plates’ are scanned at high resolution creating a digital plate. The scanned plates are destroyed and a limited edition print is produced. The images are output to either archival cotton 315 gsm Saunders Waterford paper or 100% cotton canvas using lightfast pigments.
The printing process is known as ‘Giclee’, (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) French slang meaning ‘spurt’ or ‘spray’, a name not accepted by all. Some call the process ‘digigraph’ a term coined by Graham Nash (Crosby Stills and Nash music group) which was close to ‘serigraph’ and ‘photograph’. Others use ‘pigment print’ or ‘original digital print’.
This process has been developing since the end of the 1980’s in the U.S.A. It has been slow to arrive in Australia but is now very actively embraced by some artists.
As the process evolves, the argument of its place in the printmaking landscape continues with much the same resistance which was levelled at ‘etching’, (poor peoples reproduction art) silkscreening and lithography when they were first introduced and struggling for acceptance from the art world. The process produces a high quality fine art archival print, which is not in my mind trying to replace existing printmaking techniques, rather add a new exciting professional way to create artwork. If you would like more information I can be contacted on 0417266904.
I hope the artworks add to your experience while staying at the magnificent Briars.