Early Explorations (1981-1984)

These painting are from the ages of 15-18. Although I was passionate about drawing from about the age of 3, I only started painting at 15, as a much hated homework assignment from an art teacher. By the end of that painting I was hooked. That first painting was a house in a storm. These early paintings are naive but explorative and still passionate, constantly swapping styles as I grasped to learn what I could. At first my environment and influence was small country town sheltered, but when I received lessons from a teacher who was immersed in the knowledge of the old masters, I began to slowly widen my explorations. These images are low quality as they are taken from old photographs.

  • 'house in a storm' (first painting)
    'house in a storm' (first painting)
  • Ghost Gum
    Ghost Gum
  • Tennant Creek Homestead
    Tennant Creek Homestead
  • Brachina Creek
    Brachina Creek
  • DAY11892
  • Outback Homestead
    Outback Homestead
  • Walkers Flat
    Walkers Flat
  • Young Gums
    Young Gums
  • Margan Cliffs At Sunset
    Margan Cliffs At Sunset
  • Saplings
  • DAY11938
  • swan reach
    swan reach
  • Old Post Offic, Swan Reach
    Old Post Offic, Swan Reach
  • Old Schoolyard, Nuriootpa
    Old Schoolyard, Nuriootpa
  • Dust Storm, Waikerie Railyards
    Dust Storm, Waikerie Railyards
  • Old Barossa Valley Farm
    Old Barossa Valley Farm
  • Fourth Street, Nuriootpa.
    Fourth Street, Nuriootpa.
  • Barossa Hills, Morning
    Barossa Hills, Morning
  • Heysen Hill, Brachina Creek
    Heysen Hill, Brachina Creek
  • Aroona Valley
    Aroona Valley
  • Nextdoor
  • Summer Cliffs 2
    Summer Cliffs 2
  • My backyard with the apple_pear tree
    My backyard with the apple_pear tree
  • Nextdoor, with inner knowing
    Nextdoor, with inner knowing
  • Dali-esqu Heysen Range
    Dali-esqu Heysen Range
  • Floating Rocks
    Floating Rocks
  • Copy after Dali_Geopoliticus Child Watching The Birth Of A New Man
    Copy after Dali_Geopoliticus Child Watching The Birth Of A New Man
  • abstract
  • going to church
    going to church
  • Face Warning
    Face Warning
  • My Father, Alan Smith
    My Father, Alan Smith
  • Floating Ball
    Floating Ball
  • DAY12004
  • untitled
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• January 1, 2015

One Response to Early Explorations (1981-1984)

  1. Sandra Broman says:

    I particularly like ”nextdoor”. You have a great ability to capture the right light, even from so early on. Interesting to see the development of your work as presented here.

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