“Beautiful Decay” – Many of the drawing subjects I’m most attracted to are those objects and architecture that are in decline and worn, with an intriguing tarnish caused by weathering and neglect. The presence of chipped paint & plaster, mould, rusted corrugation, broken objects, and clutter immediately attract the sketcher in me. Through my artist’s eyes, these buildings seem to become more beautiful with age and decay.
Penang and Johor Bahru are both Malaysian cities with “faded splendor”— classic structures from their rich history that still stand, but are disintegrating in the tropical climate of SE Asia. Many are also endangered by encroaching ‘modern progress’. Through my drawings, I want to record these buildings before they are demolished and lost forever.
My sketch work is representational in nature, and is mainly done in pen and ink, with the addition of watercolor and graphite tonal washes. In the studio, I also enjoy working in the mediums of scratchboard, colored pencil and pastels.
My reasons for coming to live in SE Asia in 1995 are numerous, and even a bit difficult to identify. But one reason was the opportunity to draw the lands, temples and people I observed – environments that not everyone gets a chance to see. As an artist, I’ve visited and drawn at Borobudor Temple in Java, Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, historic temples in Thailand, Chinese shophouses of Old Penang, and at the base of magnificent Mount Fuji – moments I will cherish forever through my sketches.
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