As you see from my style and subject matter I enjoy painting the simpler things in life. Items from my surroundings, my home and things that delight me. It is a conscious decision to paint the way I do and it brings me immense satisfaction and joy. My formal art education began with private study at a small studio in my hometown by copying the work of other artists and working from models. My understanding of art flourished under the guidance of Australian artist Nan Rogers at her studio, focusing on landscapes, composition, the principles of design and color studies. Years later I enrolled at our local university as a fine art student but very quickly found that my preferred style of realistic or impressionist painting was discouraged by the teachers who encouraged students to paint abstractly and where very little emphasis was placed on traditional skills such as drawing.
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