Riverbed Stones

Oil on Canvas
65cm x 50cm

 

 

 

 

New Zealand's South Island is laced with rivers running on stony beds. The ever-changing skies are balanced by the stability of the dry hills and the river stones.

An abstract work based on the beauty of the Paua, a marine shellfish whose iridescent protective covering has become an icon of New Zealand.
 

 

 

 

 

Paua TrianglesPaua Triangles

Oil on canvas
75cm x 50cm

 

 

 

 

Celtic HillsCeltic Hills

Oil on canvas
75cm x 50cm

 

Much has been made of the Maori as the so-called Tangata Whenua 'The People of the Land'.  However, they were as much immigrants to New Zealand as were my British ancestors.  In this painting I sought to draw Celtic images on the landscape just as the Maori drew their motifs onto the rock surfaces of our adopted land.

 

 

 

Canterbury and Otago - two areas with strong contrasts in their landscapes.  The Nor'west skies of Canterbury hover above the bare Lindis Pass hills and, below, the river stones tell the story of the result of the action of water and weather.

From Canterbury: South

Oil on canvas
76cm x 90cm

 

 

 

 

Canterbury HillsCanterbury Hills

Oil on canvas
80cm x 60cm

 


 

Drought exposes the bare bones of the hills. Above are the clouds associated with Canterbury's hot, dry, nor' west winds creating patterns in the sky.

 

 

 

 

The Lindis Pass in Otago's McKenzie Country

Lindis PassLindis Pass

Oil on canvas
75cm x 50cm

 

 

 

Realm of Gold

Realm of Gold

Oil, gold paint on canvas
80cm x 60cm

 

 


An abstract hinting at the blue of New Zealand's skies, the green of its land, and the gold of its grasses

 

 

 

 

  Fish

Oil on canvas
80cm x 60cm

 

 

 

 

Planets

Oil, gold paint on canvas
61cm x 76cm

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Rose

Oil on canvas
75cm x 50cm