Craig has always been a doodler. A spinal cord injury at the age of 18 saw him drawing before he was able to write again. He studied Fine Arts at Caulfield Institute of Technology in late 1970s. Worked as cartoonist and illustrator on national disability paper ‘Reveille’. But the drawings dropped off, the captions lengthened and he became a writer.
He now lives on north coast of NSW, drawing and painting with a new urge. His present work is from Dynamic Drawing sessions, where the model is often in motion or in short poses of an indeterminate time length.
Juliet D Collins
In my recent textile works I explore the female form to depict Life as I experience it. I have used thread and fabrics to portray emotion, character, atmosphere and a sense of a woman’s inner landscape and her connection to her environment.
Each piece is developed from studies drawn from life and aims to express the spirit of the moment, the beauty of the figurative line and a joy of texture, colour and pattern. I use freehand machine embroidery to depict the drawn line, allowing the materials I work with to interact with my drawing. Together they guide my direction – the designs, textures, stories and personalities of the materials take me on a journey to the finished piece. I strive to express atmosphere and emotion whilst also achieving an overall decorative effect. I hope to convey an aspect of the human condition from a female perspective. Working in this way allows me to combine my love of drawing the human form with using inspiring materials that allow me to express what I feel and how I experience the world.
My influences are wide ranging and include: a love of Asian art particularly Japanese woodblock prints; life drawings by artists from Renaissance times to present day; traditional crafts and the invaluable inspiration of a gathering of wonderful women with whom I meet regularly to work together on creative projects.
I hope that I am able to share with you my love of the human form especially as expressed through figure drawing and my expression of authentic human experience through the texture, colours and beauty of textiles.
‘I developed a love of drawing as a child, when I first drew my aging auntie in the bath.
I have always been fascinated by people, their character and the individuality of their faces, which has led to my passionate interest in portraits and figurative work. My nudes are real people, not generic or idealized. I strive to capture the essence of a person and their uniqueness. My other fascination is with the drama of light, and the way it shapes and changes objects, enhances composition, and creates mood.