I became interested in the medium of water color in 1979 when I first exhibited in Auckland New Zealand.
I enjoy painting plein air amidst our majestic mountains of the South Island. All my work is painted from real life whether landscape, portrait, or still life. Working fast, as light and other conditions change, does not allow for getting too caught up in the details. I find that paintings made in this way are fresh and reflect the feeling of the subject I am portraying.
My work has been exhibited extensively in New Zealand. Over the years I have been able to paint in many countries including Taiwan, where I weathered out a cyclone at Sun Moon Lake!
After more than 40 years of painting I am still intrigued by this subtle and illusive medium as it envelopes the page.
作畫逾 40 餘載，我依然為水彩這溶納紙張、低調且迷人的媒材深深著迷。
Ben McLoud woolshed, Rangitata Valley, New Zealand 班的羊毛小屋
Watercolor 水彩｜18.8 x 28 cm｜2000
I was attracted to this group of farm buildings as they made for an interesting composition with the backdrop of shadowed hill behind.
Over more than 40 years of painting I have recorded many buildings that now, no longer exist…..they become a record, a glimpse of the past.
Mount Somers 向晚風光
Watercolor 水彩｜26 x 36cm｜1997
I painted this very quickly one evening from my garden. It was the dramatic sky that interested me. With the help of copious water I was able to capture this fleeting scene.
I enjoy the contrast between the light sky washes contrasting with the heavy undiluted paint straight from the tube depicting the evening landscape.
Watercolor 水彩｜28 x 18.8cm｜2004
On a rainy day I sometimes paint a still life or on this occasion a pot with flowers attracted my attention. Painting briskly in a broad manner and leaving highlights I was able to capture the light bright nature of the blooms against the dark background.
I often find that work completed quickly in this way without too much attention to detail are the ones that look well in the frame when finished.