When I design built form and environment I pull from two of my talents: artistic vision, and communication. (I can draw, and I talk a lot).
I am constantly trying to satisfy my thirst for art by creating spaces which are a pleasure to be in. I started with art, I learned to draw and oil paint as a child and was well inspired, very early, by the extraordinarily evocative paintings by Latvian West Australian artist Gunter Parups, and others which surrounded me in all the rooms of our house. I take great pleasure in colour, light and texture. Art is my most platonic and immediate form of satisfying private expression. Architecture: secondary. More drawn out, more rewarding, more difficult and more shared.
A capacity to draw on this artistic aspect by way of architectural vocation is difficult to describe. I experience a vision of a real space in response to a need. Using what I have learned training to be an architect, I translate this right brain experience using left brain processes of logic and conversion into conventional drawings of different types. Clients benefit from the rapid transfer of idea to drawing because it makes for the product they are really seeking: the drawings which will get their building happening. I’m always grateful for my clients’ willingness to understand a lot of charades and messy scribbles. I meet with my clients a lot and get to know them well. We walk through areas, I use my hands and talk with a lot of descriptive imagery. And of course when we are together I demonstrate views by way of drawing; those sorts of scribbles are very conversational.
Most rewarding is walking through later in the process as built form is coming together, and the pleasurable jolt of remembering the space that I had already experienced in vision form earlier. Belonging and gratitude. I am graced to experience walking the art of my consciousness. I am blessed to do this as work and vocation.
Artwork in this gallery is my own. Not to be copied without permission.