In recent years, I’ve worked more and more with mixed media and hot encaustic wax, to incorporate my photography into my paintings. It has lent itself remarkably well to my current themes and methods, including a range of works on a very different format, with tall and thin boards, deep edges and wrap-around images, giving them a 3D sculptural quality.
It is no surprise that, with our recent move to Prince Albert, the joy of living in these wonderful Karoo surroundings is coming through in my newest work, whether encaustic, oil painting or ink/bleach painting.
Old concerns and visual language still recur, but, as usual, some works are just for the pure enjoyment of life!
One theme I have explored recently is ‘Don’t Fence Me In’. It began with my angst while living in a crime riddled town, and then became a celebration of freedom as we moved to the karoo. With Covid 19, and lockdown measures, it has taken on a whole new meaning!
600mm diameter – oil on round canvas