Frequently asked questions

How do you make your paintings?

I begin by building up layers of colour and shapes. This is the introduction to my visual “story”. Once I see what the introduction is about, I respond with more colour and shapes and begin to add texture and collage elements. I continue working in this way until the “story” is complete. In a sense my approach is intuitive, but it also includes a lot of conscious decision making and experimentation.

How long does a painting take to paint?

In a way each painting has taken 25 years – the amount of time I have been building my painting skills! In a more realistic sense each painting is worked on during several sessions each week and generally will take several weeks to complete. I work in series, that is working on several paintings at a time.

What are your paintings done with?

I call my paintings “mixed media” because I use a variety of materials. The majority is artist quality acrylic paint. My paintings may also include collage elements (old book pages, notebook pages, patterned paper etc), pencil, crayon and oil pastel. Old collage elements are not acid free. I coat these in polymers that will prevent them causing damage to adjacent parts of the painting. This coating also protects the paper and slows down deterioration. However deterioration of old collage elements is likely over time. This deterioration won’t effect the overall design of the painting.

What does "mixed media on board" mean?

Mixed media – see “What are your paintings made of?”

“On board” indicates that my paintings are created on wooden panels. These will either be quality 7mm (1/4″) plywood or pre-made cradled birch panels. In the case of the plywood boards, these will have had pine wood brace (frame around the back) added before shipping (unless otherwise requested). Both are light weight.

I paint on board out of preference for a stable base to work on. The robustness of wood also allows me to vigorously add texture, carving into the paint or even down to the wood.

Are they varnished? Is the surface strong and durable?

Yes they have a strong and durable surface. Technically they are not “varnished” but have several coats of various acrylic polymers designed to work with mixed media paintings. The finished and dry painting is given a final light coat of a wax medium and buffed to a slight sheen – not quite satin. The wax adds a further layer of protection and makes it easy to clean (buff with a soft lint free cotton cloth).

How do I care for one of your paintings?

Each painting is finished in several layers of acrylic polymer and has a final thin layer of wax medium that has been buffed to a light sheen. This means they will be easy to care for. Dusting is probably all it will require but if you would like to wipe it with a damp cloth and then buff it with a dry lint free cloth it certainly will not damage the work. The sides of the panels have also been finished in this way. Simply treat them the same as the painting.

What are the shipping options?

If you are in Australia

Shipping will be by Australia Post unless otherwise specified. All paintings are carefully packaged for safe transport – wrapped in bubble wrap and sandwiched between cardboard. Insurance is included in the shipping cost.

If you are in Australia and live in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca Heads area

I can personally deliver the work to you or you can arrange a time to collect it and enjoy a studio visit at the same time.

International buyers

I look for every opportunity to minimise the cost of shipping of your painting while insuring that the work(s) will be safe. Works are wrapped in bubble wrap and sandwiched between cardboard.  If necessary (or requested) a wooden crate will be constructed instead. In this case there will be increased packing and shipping costs.

Can I return a painting I've purchased?

I will make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase. I do this firstly by only offering top quality artworks for sale. I am sure that you will find the photos of paintings on this website truly represent how they will look when you see them. (Usually they look even better in person!)

If for some reason you are not completely happy please contact me and I will do all I can to rectify the issue. If you are still unhappy with the painting and want to return the work, I will pay for the return shipping and refund the cost of the painting. (The original shipping cost is not refundable.)

What is the Collector's Club?

The Collector’s Club was created to thank, reward and benefit those who support me and purchase my art. It provides members with the first opportunity to see and purchase new work. Other benefits include a 10% discount on all purchases of original artworks and special offers from time to time.

How do I join the Collector's Club?

Membership is automatic after purchasing one original painting. Once your payment is processed and shipping of your painting is organised, you will receive a welcome email. Please allow 3 days for this to arrive. All details will be included in the welcome email.