- Plan A: Study illustration and ceramics.
- Plan B: Get a ‘proper’ job – not my idea! Managed to survive teaching and become good at it thanks to a lot of hard work, lifelong professional development, some inspirational colleagues, and many fantastic students.
- Plan C: Study and combine interests. Achieve Ed.D in science and environmental education. Dr. Jan since 2008!
- Resume Plan A: Freelance artist since 2009.
Moral of story: Never lose sight of who you are and what you really want to achieve.
It's hard to categorise my art because it crosses conventional boundaries. My studio practice stems from an interdisciplinary interest in fine art and science which has led me to teach art and photography, study environmental education, and pursue a research interest in developing environmental and cultural awareness through the visual arts. I use a mix of traditional and new media and my techniques continually evolve through experiment. I describe my place-based approach as CC Fusion (cross-cultural fusion) because it is multisensory, multimedia and multi-influence. I attempt to capture and/or simultaneously represent physical, emotional and intellectual experiences of place (real and imagined). This is underpinned by various influences from 20th Century fine art photography and from European, African, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese and Japanese art - especially where there are strong cultural links to place.
I use film-based and digital photography as an integral part of the development of ideas and, these days, I use a graphics tablet and pen as often as I use pencil and brush. I love the discipline of drawing and painting, but the computer releases me from all constraint and really allows me to play without visualising an end product. Thus, the outcome might be driven by recent and/or past encounters with the subject, or the visual effects produced by a process involving much selection and refining of masks. It generates a surprisingly wide range of effects depending on the original photograph(s) and what I choose to combine them with. I enjoy the spontaneity of this approach, but it means that I don't have a recognisable style, as evidenced across the galleries. I guess, for me, there's just too much about art that's interesting and exciting to be locked into any particular medium and style. I enjoy what I create and if others enjoy it too then that's a bonus which I very much appreciate.