Cowrie Hole, Newcastle NSW
Executed in soft pastel on matte board (illustration board) 80cm x 100cm this is a view of a local reef break in Newcastle NSW where I have lived for 40 years. The water is deeper here than I would normally render as I focus on refracted light in water in quite shallow stretches. Soft pastels allow me enormous speed and lustre and I break the rules of traditional pastel making by blending and using edge to edge (as in tight photo-realism using paint). We are blessed in Australia with abundant coastline and this is a never ending source of inspiration and discovery for me.