Australian by birth, I am the outcome of a romantic liaison between the daughter of a Russian Tinker and an English adventurer in search of the ‘new’ world. Fairytale stories from many distant places peppered my childhood feeding my yearning for travel.
Some of those earliest memories are also of magical animal experiences on our farm. With these animals, time stood still and I would loose myself in their unspoken language.
These special encounters are the creative influences woven through my life and my art.
Subsequently, my journeys took me afar with long sojourns in San Francisco and London, plus a few years immersed in the romantic artistry of Europe.During my travels, I started my career painting fantasy finishes and murals on interior walls, learning to ‘paint on the job’.
Later in life when I began to paint on canvas, I sourced these techniques. I never ‘know’ what I am going to paint, rather, laying down transparent oil paint which gives me a place to begin. After ‘breaking the surface’ of the colour with brushes, cloth or other tools, I allow the patterns in the paint to guide me, discovering imagery within the layers. Thus the stories unfold as I watch.
I want to capture the quiet presence of an animal, their eyes being the focal point of my work. I am told they reach out and touch the heart of a viewer often following them round the room. This is never planned and for me adds an element of mystery to my process, sharing their sentience and making the animals feel very real.
Today my life is about painting the connection between animals and humans, celebrating their beauty, individuality and the lessons we can learn from them – a glass of champagne is always at hand!
I want to help animals so I support a small group of organisations that are sanctuaries for wild animals damaged by their interaction with humans.
I love to photograph my painting in Nature as they seem to come to life. Symbolically this is where wild animals should be.
My message is to respect and take great care of animals. The world would be an empty canvas without them.
Thank you for visiting my artsite.
Keep creative – blaze
“Your art give me a sense the animals are looking back from a physical environment which we humans think belongs exclusively to us. You seem to propose that we are over stating our importance, that we are wrongheaded considering ourselves the top species. You are portraying the natural order as it really is, rather than the way our group ego has it reconstructed. …..
Your art is an honest voice of nature, correcting the story, showing us the error of our ways. As a human I am left saying to myself ‘please stop behaving like that, you are messing everything up.” ~ Mike