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These paintings are from 2009 and are a continued response to my local environment.The 3 paintings are all using an image of an assemblage of found plastic objects worked into the background with either portraiture, still-life or landscape elements incorporated. The images of the assemblages of the found plastics, I worked into the background of the canvas, before I developed the foreground, these found plastic object images have the effect of very much livening up the surface, as well as providing another personalised and conscious link between the found object works and my recent paintings. I remember saying in interviews with the media during the late 90's, that I hoped that one day I would see less and less litter washing up on our beaches, so that quite naturally my work would find a new direction. This has now happened on both levels, in that my work has found new directions and – there is less litter washing up on our beaches on a local level at least. The situation with ocean litter on a global level has worsened considerably. After more than 10 years of collecting beach found objects and subsequently making art out of them, including the kind of plastic assemblages seen in the background of the above paintings, I naturally come now to a new form of expression, which was brought on significantly as a result of the decrease in litter either washing up or being left behind on our beaches, as well as a result of my purge painting series and exploration and the sea and landscape series.Painting the Byron Bay local seascapes and landscapes,mostly images seen by me on my daily walk around the lighthouse and beaches, are painted somewhat with a sense of urgency, due to my ever growing concerns about global warming and its impact.
Dimensions: 78” H x 118” W