While I have always enjoyed tinkering with illustrations, I have never really been happy with what I have created or felt the need to further refine my work.
This changed earlier in 2011, when I decided I wanted to explore my illustration and artwork further and see where it took me. My mid-term goal is to self-publish an illustrated children's book - I love reading stories to the kids and I think I have a pretty good grasp on what makes for a good kids book. Before I could do this of course, I needed to learn to illustrate.
So I went to the stationery shop and bought starter kits of most mediums they had, including oil pastels, watercolor pencils, digital (using wacom tablet), acrylics, watercolor paint and oils. I have been watching video courses online, and borrowing every art book I can find from the library. To date, I haven't had much success with the pastels, watercolors or coloured pencils. My digital and acrylic work is starting to look ok. But it's the oils that I'm really getting excited over, and this is definitely my medium of choice at the moment.
Oil paintings take a long time for each layer to dry - typically 2-5 days - so I generally have about 5 paintings on the go at any given time. I paint in the evenings and weekends and are actively trying to working on different subject matter and styles of paintings.
I show and sell my work via the Wanaka Art Society exhibitions, but are also keen to sell work privately through this website. Feel free to get in touch if you like what you see.