“My most recent works, now being exhibited at ARTIS Gallery, were painted in 2011 whilst staying in our apartment at The Mount. The apartment has a superb balcony overlooking Pilot Bay and Tauranga Harbour, a truly idyllic spot. Day after day I painted there in this wonderful atmosphere.
I used hand-made paper as the starting point. I love paper because it always responds and gives you something back. It will always react to anything you do.
While I was working towards this exhibition the disasters of 2011 began to unfold, starting with the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch, then the Japanese Tsunamis, then later in the year the Rena wreck so close to our beloved Tauranga. These events cast a pall of sadness over my consciousness and communicated itself to my work. Before long, however, news of the resurgence of hope and the will to rebuild affected me, softening the darker edges of the works, as I grew more positive.
I must say, without self-doubt, that I believe this series of works, Mt Maunganui Paper Suite, are special paintings, and I am very pleased with them, despite the tragedy of the time in which they were painted”.
Westmere, January 2012