iPad drawing workshop at Adelaide Central School of Art

Are you interested in using your iPad to draw? I will be running a two day workshop at the well respected Adelaide Central School of Art on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of January 2018. Enrol here.

The first day will be spent going through the basics of the Brushes XP app (these skills are transferable to just about any other drawing app) and the second day will be for developing your own projects – or you can work on ideas that I will give you.

I’d love to see you there – it will be fun and relaxed, and you will learn a new drawing tool!

The workshop is suitable for people who have no prior iPad drawing experience.



9th Prospect Portrait Prize

I am pleased to have been included in the 9th Prospect Portrait Prize exhibition, with my animated digital painting “DNA”. This work was previously a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize, and it is wonderful to have it out in the world again.

The 9th Prospect Portrait Prize opens this Sunday 26th November at Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street Nailsworth. The opening function is from 3-5pm.

The exhibition continues until January 21st, 2018.

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Set of six “stills” from “DNA”, mp4, manipulated iPad finger drawings playback, dimensions variable.

November/December exhibition: SA Love Art Bar, 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

The dynamic Ms Emma Hack has been busy forming SA Art Collective and setting up a new Gallery space, shop and bar at 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide City.

Along with a number of other local Artists, I have work in the first exhibition at this lively new space. The exhibition theme is “SA Love”.

There is also a gift shop – and Christmas is coming!

So get along this week or soon, have a glass of local wine and a nibble or two and check it out!

Opening times are 12-6, Thursday -Sunday at this stage (it is still young!)

More details can be found here

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Passion Conference, Manipulated iPad drawing on glossy aluminium, framed.

Emma Hack Art Prize 2017

I’m thrilled to have been selected as a finalist once again in the Emma Hack Art Prize. 

The theme is “Real or surreal”. 

I dropped my work off this morning and glimpsed some of the fabulous work there – it is certainly worth a visit!
The exhibition is on at Burnside Village until 13th March.

“To the Sun” iPad drawing/collage printed on gloss aluminum, 80cm x 60cm.

Summer Workshops

I have a couple of iPad workshop gigs coming up.

The first (Thursday 12th and Friday 13th January 2017) is a two day workshop at Adelaide Central School of Art. On the first day I’ll be taking the group through  the basics of the “Brushes XP” app. Then on the second day there will be the opportunity for participants to either explore their own projects or continue with some guided drawing exercises if they prefer.

Find information about the summer school here, and follow the links for the brochure and to enrol.

The second is at Carclew for children aged 10 – 17 on Monday January 16th 2017 in their Explore Arts program. We’ll be making colourful drawings of moving people using the iPad in two three hour workshops.


“The Pour”, 2016.  iPad finger drawing, Brushes xp.

Painting Twice at Praxis ArtSpace

I am honoured to have been included in a group exhibition at Praxis ArtSpace in Bowden.

Called “Painting Twice” the exhibition features works by Anton Hart, Chelsea Lehmann, Chris Thiel, Genevieve Dawson-Scott, Jim Thalassoudis, Joe Felber, Liz Butler, Luke Thurgate, Margaret Ambridge, Patty Chehade, Tricia Ross – and me!

Praxis founder Patty Chehade says that this exhibition is “to commence a discussion of the boundaries of what painting can be”.

I am both thrilled and daunted to be included in such a line up, and I hope you will be able to join us for the opening reception on Wednesday 23rd at 6pm at Praxis art Space,  68-72 Gibson Street, BOWDEN, SA

The exhibition continues on into 2017.

I have included digital paintings and oil paintings dealing with my current pictorial obsession and my long term painting obsession.

Here is my Artists statement and a sneaky teaser pic.


“Shy Temptress” 2016, Oil on linen, 120cm x 90cm

“Lately I’ve become obsessed by plant genitalia.

I wanted to share with you their fecund power.

Standing in front of these flowers and painting or drawing, expanding the scale and wrestling with the changing light as they opened and drooped, was like diving metaphorically into their deep centre.

Painting in this way produces an accumulation of moments spent in deep engagement with the sensual subject and the equally sensual process of painting.

It is a distillation of the very complex, cognitive process of seeing and making.

Which doesn’t really escape the fact that we love sniffing plant genitals.


Daily Practice Exhibition – Last Week

“Daily Practice”, the exhibition of my work and that of Annalise Rees will end on August 6th. It is based on our different approaches to a disciplined daily visual art practice.

We would love it if you are in Adelaide and can go and have a look!

Here are a few installation snaps – but you really have to be there to peruse Annalise’s journals and my “film strips” and blog.

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Daily Practice is a SALA (South Australian Living Artist) Exhibition.

Adelaide Central Gallery is at 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside (next to the film studios).

Opening Hours are:

Monday, Thursday & Friday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 8.30am – 7pm
Saturday 1 – 4pm