|The Sullen Earth|
|The Beckoning Peaks|
|Coral in Antartica|
Wax is simply a pleasure to work with. It's versatile, there's no need to wait for it to dry, it can be etched, scraped, sculptured and molded. It doesn't attract
fungus or mildew, colours don't fade and it can be buffed for a lustrous, high-gloss effect without varnish or sealant. It's also compatible with most mediums, except for acrylics, which tends to peel off at some point in time. The beauty of using wax is that each glide
of a hot tool is unpredictable. It's almost as though the wax has a mind of its own. The final effect looks almost as though the light is stealing its way through the painting
from beneath the surface of the wax, giving it a luminous and dreamy quality. Every time I look at a wax painting, mine or not, I see something new and wonderful.
Wax painting is one of the oldest forms of painting in the world, dating back to ancient Greece and Egypt, mostly used to decorate the walls of tombs. Still, it's
art, and subject to the eternal critic inside all of us. I have seen amazing wax paintings in Malaysia, in the form of Batik. The difference is that Batik uses the wax
for shape and form and then discards it. The wax can then be melted and reused, or you can do what I do - use it as paint.
2) What message are you trying to convey with your paintings?
I like sharing my love of nature and my tendency towards fantasy and fiction through my paintings. How remarkable would it be if someone finds some kind of pleasure
in that? Perhaps it may inspire in some tiny way. Maybe someone somewhere would sit up and think about something mundane or profound, or perhaps just find some kind of solace or refuge in one of my paintings. Then, I would consider myself an accomplished artist, even if nobody had ever heard of me!
than my own country. Of course, moving to a new country with children is challenging, but we settled in quickly and found a comfort zone and nesting place in Kajang. As the future
is uncertain, this is home, for now, and will be, hopefully for a long time.
When it comes to wax painting, I am rather absent-minded. I tend to let the wax do its thing and perform it's magic. I rarely focus too hard on what I'm doing. Wax is that way - the outcome
is unpredictable, and you have to go with the whole melted flow. Oil painting is another story. I tend to be less lackadaisical... less callous and brazen. I think about it, plot, plan, sketch, paint, and then think about it some more. I like doing this, mind you. My moods are thus catered for.
5) What do you expect from the Malaysian Audience and compare to the other countries you had been to?
|Cave in the Wind|
|I fancy it will Rain|
I have always been fascinated by other cultures and their traditions. I find myself learning something new almost every day from others, in their progress towards self-expression and the eradication of inhibition. I thoroughly enjoy working with oils and wax. Wax is versatile and I love its texture and lucidity. Art is not just a pleasurable it is a portal into the roads less travelled by - so, I paint.”