Brave Blue World
Brave Blue World

Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley.  This painting was inspired by a conversation I had with my brother in law about this book.

Im Westen Nichts Neues
Im Westen Nichts Neues

This painting is inspired by the book, Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet On The Western Front) by Erich Remarque. This is a rich narrative, at times humorous, dreamy, frantic and tragic . He describes how men turn into animals on the battlefield, while at the same time noting the brimstone butterflies flitting here and there across the killing fields, the larks and his daydreams about life at home. Another source of inspiration came from German French and British poets who took part in the slaughter.

I incorporated real ww1 photographic images from the front with a loose botanical style for the plants and birds. Butterflies emerge from the mud, larks flutter down and perch on the deadly barbed wire. Daisies and poppies push their way through no man’s land.

To Survivors Of WW1 and WW2
To Survivors Of WW1 and WW2

A small piece dedicated to two major world changing events. The flowers push through the barbed wire and thrust into the clear sky. My feelings are, that what ever happens, life carries on at a relentless pace.

Bush Fire
Bush Fire

During my childhood we lived against the mountainside at the very edge of the developments and houses, close to forests, dense bush. Quiet often, as usual in hots summers, bush fires broke out, which was a terrifying sight. I wanted to get the feeling of a dream sequence here with the ripe pears changing form into random polka dot patterns, the wind moving through the painting, the girls running away.

Buildings in Disintegration
Buildings in Disintegration

Inspired by hours of night time walks around Berlin. The intensity of the street lamps tends to make the buildings bend, giving the feeling that they disintegrate into the night sky.