The abstract paintings investigate the temporal experience of viewing the landscape. The progress of the seasons and the re-working of the land by growers imbue it with impermanence. The paintings I have made portray the movement of light over land, the cycle of growth in plants and soil, the flamboyant persistence of roadside weeds. The textures, colours and patterns are undergoing daily changes. These alterations are heightened by the experience of driving, moving through the view, watching shapes shift with changing perspective. I document these changes using photography, often from a moving vehicle. By combining these images into collages, formal devices such as tonal design, alterations of scale, colour intensity of distances and overlapping of forms are employed. The collages are used as maquettes for the larger abstract paintings. Further re-arrangements of form are made during the painting process. Grasses or branches become gestures, roads are made into formal borders between shapes, skies are fragmented and used as tonal intrusions. Relationships between landscape elements are shifted as happens when the viewer moves through the landscape. When produced in this way, the paintings become landscape journeys exploring the passage of time.
2018 Finalist Heysen Prize, Hahndorf, SA.
2017 Finalist Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart
2017 Finalist Emma Hack Art Prize, Adelaide, SA.
2017 Finalist Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla,SA.
2015 Selected for top 30, Saatchi Art, Painted World Showdown .
2015 Finalist Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook, NSW.
2014 Finalist Waterhouse Natural History Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide, SA.
2013 Winner City of Burnside Art Prize, SA.
2013 Winner Watershed Art Prize, SA.
2011 Winner Barossa Art Prize, SA.
2011 Winner Clare Rotary Art Prize, SA.
2011 Finalist Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, Fleurieu Vistas Prize, McLaren Vale, SA.
2009 Winner Peterborough Art Prize, SA.
2008 Finalist Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, Fleurieu Vistas Prize, McLaren Vale, SA.
2007 Winner Best Regional Artist, Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf, SA
2007 Finalist Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla, SA.
2006 Winner Balco Art Prize, SA.
2006 Winner Murray Bridge Rotary Art Prize, SA.
2005 Winner Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, SA.
2005 Finalist Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla, SA.
2005 Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural History Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide, SA.
2020 Landscapes, Michael Reid Studio Direct, Surry Hills, Sydney
2019 Moving Lands, South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa, SA.
2016 Little Boxes, Adelaide Town Hall.
2015 Imago Mundi, international touring exhibition, curated by Benneton Foundation.
2014 Back Roads, Hahndorf Academy, SA.
2011 The Road to Here, Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA.
2010 Director’s Choice, Greenhill Galleries @ the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, SA. 2015