1 ::: Why are you an artist Chris?
I am driven by an unexplainable passion
to create, exress and communicate on canvas.
I have always painted since I can remember
but a near fatal car accident in 1996
was a catalyst to take my work as an artist
+2 ::: Could you tell us some more about
I have had a major shift from painting
tonal impressionist still life to quirky
figuratve. I work in oil on linen, a medium
which I love and I am very generous with
the thickness of the paint. My aim is
to extract a reaction and an individual
interpretation from the viewer, I do not
want to paint innate purely decorative
work, but to evoke humour or make a comment
for example - euthanasia.
::: Do you try to tell stories with your
The work is narrative - My Ned Kelly series
was used alongside Sidney Nolan`s work
for the Kelly theatre production - New
Zealand Festival of Arts. I have other
narrative projects planned. Every painting
tells a story.
+4 ::: What artists have influenced you,
have been influenced by many artists -
mostly Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Edouard
Picasso, and Berthe Morisot.
+5 ::: What other interests do have (besides
I also occasionally
work as a landscape consultant - designing
subdivisions, private residences, apartments
buildings, shopping centres, etc.
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
Working towards an exhibition I find is
the best way to keep motivated and when
your work is selling well you have to
keep the galleries happy. Inspiration
for my work comes from the nature around
me and from the many dinner parties I
have had over the years, life in general
and from observing people.
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
Fairly well as in a previous life I was
a sales manager in a department store
for the rag trade (fashion). Marketing
is one of my strengths.
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am hoping to be established in galleries
in New York, London and Paris.
::: Could you talk about your latest series
of paintings and what you are trying to
achieve with them?
My latest series is continuing
from the sell out exhibition I had in
Melbourne recently and demand for my work
is still fairly high.