“The subject of my painting over the last few years has always been light. That early morning or evening light that folds over the landscape and the harbour of our city. I like the subtleties and warmth of the light as it reveals and the drama that shadows bring to the landscape.
I use this light to create mood. Perhaps a nostalgia for a time and place that was, a time suggested by the marks left on the landscape (houses, boats, sheds). I use this light to try and make an emotional connection to my paintings by summarizing the collective memory, memories for those who know these places from a previous time. These places are timeless but instantly recognizable as Auckland. I consider myself an Aucklander after coming here to go to Elam School of Fine Art in the 1970’s. This is the place where I paint, sail and teach Art at Auckland Grammar School. My Auckland places are Torpedo Bay, One Tree Hill and anywhere out on the harbour.
I am often intrigued as to whether people see in my work a deeper meaning. I certainly hope people are affected by my painting, but I am content to see myself as coming from a long line of Artists who concentrate on the practice of painting and their pursuit of beauty.”