Painted while still living at home with my parents at Blagdon Road in NP this image is perhaps redolent of teenage angst.|
It marked an early change in direction my painting was taking. I had recently just worked my way through a short lived abstract phase where
I was very interested in expressive and "action painting". I had started exhibiting my work and had met a few other artists who gave me
a bit of advice and encouragement. In Taranaki in the 70's Michael Smither was the biggest influence and I had turned to a more hard-edged
realistic style imbued with a certain surreal quality.
I still was "no good at faces".