At Seabreeze Gallery it's all about creating beautiful things - paintings, artifacts for the home, jewellery, with a sprinkling of other interesting things.... whatever inspires and is enjoyed.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Girl with Red Hair

Oil on board 11" x 14.5".

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Country Call'in

Icon of country life .... what would we do without them. Their personalities are always a delight. Oil on canvas 6" x 8".

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Abstract - Yellow Field

An abstract version of an energy field.
Acrylic on cotton over board. 17.5" x 33" (44cm x 83cm)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Green Plate with Apple

Often, when painting these small 'still lifes', I would mix together some colours leftover from the previous painting - coming up with some odd but interesting colours. If the mix became too muddy, the addition of some pure bright colour came to the rescue. Oil on canvas over board 7" x 7".

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quiet River - Guildford

A commission request for a very large, scenic landscape painting posed a new challenge as it was the biggest ever attempted. The scene, a familiar place, was chosen, having been painted several times before...... immediately eliminating the need to re-design a new composition. To the existing features, I added some points of interest such as the boat and bridge in the background - which helped to fill the enormous space. Oil on canvas 33" x 57" (83 x 144 cm)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Little Boxes

Beautiful, handcrafted trinket boxes from India. Two small oval containers are made of silver with mother of pearl tops painted with tiny birds. 3 cm wide. The rectangular box is carved from stone - a type of granite or feldspar, with a lid, intricately inlaid with pearl shell, on different angles, so as it shines in different colours, while under the same light. 1.1/2" wide.
I've treasured these tiny artifacts since returning from India in 1985.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cottage Garden Arrangement

If this painting were to be done over, the symetrical pears would be placed in a different way. Perhaps the pear on the left, could be horizontal, peeping out from behind the vase. It's relationship with the pink foxglove is too dominating - I see now in hindsight.
Oil on canvas 8" x 10"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Abstract - Primary Statement

First in a series of minimal abstract paintings, with colour and form as the basics.
Acrylic on canvas 11" x 15".

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beneath the Jacarandas

When Jacaranda trees are flowering in December, the grasses are already turning to straw, making a natural complimentary colour scheme - a feast for the eyes.
Oil on canvas 24" x 36" (60 x 91cm).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Portrait of a Salesman

As all artists know, sometimes it's not exactly clear as to the desired direction of a painting. This was one of those. I spent around half an hour one day, 15 minutes, the next ....left it for a week, then returned and did it all over again. So it sort of evolved over time to the point of satisfaction, where I felt it described adequately what I felt was the nature of this man - according to my experience. Then he needed a name ......
Oil on board 16" x 18"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Anenomes and Snapdragons 2

Oil on canvas over board 8" x 8" (19 x 20cm).

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Beautiful summer flowering Jacaranda trees are used extensively to line suburban streets. Their neat shape and intense lilac coloured flowers make them ideal for the purpose.
In this roadside painting, the verge is terracotta coloured gravel stones, making the perfect compliment for the purple carpet of flowers.
Oil on canvas over board 6" x 10.5".