Simone is an artist who has run an e-bike business from home for the past 12 years while raising three children and loves most things about living in the “People’s Republic of O’connor” (Inner North, Canberra). Simone graduated with an MBA (Strategic Operations Management) from Charles Stuart University a long time ago and a BA in Visual Arts (Painting) from the Australian National University a very, very, long, long time ago.
Contrary to the view of the current Australian Government, Simone believes her time at Art School was instrumental in making her an innovative, useful and engaged member of society and not just a functionary of the economic system.
I use the landscape, and elements within the landscape, to explore what I’m thinking about ‘in the moment’.
The moment (or muse) can include an emotion or idea, such as gratitude to a friend or joy in life’s journey. For example, in paintings such as “Broulee” or “Phobjukha, Bhutan”.
Often, the inspiration for a painting, is a personal reaction to the zeitgeist and current bigger picture concerns. For example, “Self Portrait with dogs. And smoke” and “West Belconnen” are both reflections on suburban life during the January 2020 bush fires, the climate change emergency and our ongoing journey with the Pandemic.
Many of my paintings juxtapose ‘natural’ elements such as trees, grass, light, shadow and sky with formed, mostly suburban and domestic structures, such as roads, houses and paths. This is both for allegoric or symbolic, as well as, aesthetic reasons. A road sign or writing on a road (or the road itself) can be aesthetically pleasing itself, or as a contrast to a moody sky, or symbolic of something else. Likewise a moody sky might be symbolic of deeper emotions or just aesthetically beautiful or somewhat ambiguously, both. In “Bunbury, WA” for example, a dilapidated house symbolises an older ‘self’ pictured against a malevolent sky and the encroaching growth. The landscape signifies both the passage of time, consequential change and its impacts on individuals.
For the most part, the images on this website are accompanied by text from my Facebook posts to friends and family, as this helps ground the paintings in ‘the moment’ for which the works were created and may go some way to communicating the ideas behind the images. While context is important to me personally, I also hope that people can find their own meaning in the works or just enjoy the paintings from a visual perspective.