Melbourne Studio School
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Artists Statement

Painting is at its best when there is a willingness to take risks, and selling work as a priority takes a back seat. Outcome goals do not work in painting. Engaging with the process always makes for more interesting work. Painting for me is about finding an equivalent reality within the language itself. Touch and feeling together with colour and surface are all part of the “image” and must be developed simultaneously. Formula and tastefulness play no part in this process where dynamic composition, colour and image development are the more honest building blocks.

If we explore the unexpected with confidence, then with luck we may arrive at the extraordinary.

It’s only through a spirit of enquiry we create the best chance for something special, something transformative to take place in our work.

There is no other reason to continue painting.

R. B. 2012


A Retrospective