I have dabbled with drawing for many years but it wasn’t until four years ago, when I took up still life classes with Kathryn Orton at Red Point Artists Association in Port Kembla, south of Sydney, that my practice really took hold.
In these classes, we observed the subtleties of Giorgio Morandi’s etchings and applied his focus on tonality and composition to our own studies. I was drawn in most by Morandi’s ability to highlight each individual element without losing the effect of the whole.
The groupings of vessels featured in my conte pencil works have been pulled from the interesting assortment of ceramics and pottery I’ve collected over time. A dusty jug I discovered deep in a junk shop nestles into the curves of a handmade vase gifted by a loved one, and together they tell an intimate story about the beauty of the everyday.