It takes a lot of experimentation to find the combination of materials and colours that work to translate the ideas I have in my head onto paper. I love painting and drawing and wanted to incorporate the two, so at the moment I'm finding that painting watercolours and drawing over the top with oil pastels and coloured chalk is working well to express accurately the ideas I have in my head.
Egon Shiele's style of nudes and their expressive detailed lines have had a direct influence on my work and how I draw the human nude figures in my artworks and sketches. I've also always admired and continue to be inspired by Francis Bacon's artworks and his use of colour, composition, and expressive figures.
I'm inspired by so many different things, mainly past/present experiences of my life, music, books, other artists, travelling and colour. I'm really interested in Eadweard Muybridge's work and will often look to his 'Locomotion' photographs documenting human and animal movement for inspiration.
Travelling also generates new ideas for me as I love seeing all the colour variations in different places and cities, for instance Amsterdam to me is very black, white, navy and dark green; Stockholm is made up of pastel colours, burnt sienna, ochres, and reds; and Sydney my hometown is full of vibrant and deep blues. In many of my artworks these colour combinations I've seen and felt around the world are at the core of my inspiration.
I also find the creativity and vibrance of the Modernism era of art very influential and inspiring with particular artists like Hilma AF Klint, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Giacometti, Shiele, Miro, Rodin, Matisse and many more inspiring me with their innovation of colour, form, abstraction, line and theory. Australian artists also hold a special place in my heart (being from Sydney) with artworks by Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley, and Fred Williams very inspirational in my art practice.
I'm always thinking of new ideas for artworks in my head so the process is constant, but the physical act of creating an artwork can take anywhere from a day up to two weeks to finish.
I think as a little kid its always fun to draw and colour so it's always been there for me, but my first proper memories of drawing would be copying cartoon figures of Snow White and other disney characters around 7 or 8 years old.