Since completing his Bachelor of Arts in 1999 and a Diploma of Art & Creativity in 2006, Dusty has continued to practice painting with solo and public exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia. In 2014 Dusty opened a gallery in Byron Bay with Stay Gold Studio where he continues to exhibit his work. Over the past 18 years Dusty has trained in the arts acquiring knowledge of the creative potential working for youth, a qualified K-12 Teacher and Vocational Trainer specialising in Visual Arts and Digital Media Technology. Dusty sees the arts as the tools of culture, allowing him to identify and engage with those across culture and disparity with ease. Dusty's own practice is an integral and informing element of his work socially, currently the Coordinator of the Youth Connections Clubhouse, an art & technology centre for young people living in the Northern Rivers, New South Wales.

Dusty works the lines he observes in nature. These lines are the trajectory in his stylisation of elemental and life force themes; the core of all his work. As he sees it, the line is imbued with life, producing a moment of it's own, and casting us into the Dream. These paintings are alive. Dusty’s works explore the multidimensional universal truths found in nature, existing as silent knowledge, often overlooked in everyday life, yet unmistakable and unforgettable whenever encountered.

Accentuating the patterns that he sees within the contours of the Land, Sea and Flora, Dusty’s unique perspective and attention takes a graphic approach to his fine artwork. His designs reflect and capture Nature’s forms. Dusty transposes the design to board with an exactness of composition, bending and thickening the lines to create a depth of perspective that captivates the viewer.

Using recycled paper cups for paint wells and bent paper clips as his ‘brush’, Dusty sits across the board and dips the paperclip into vibrant high-gloss enamels and acrylic paints. The surface tension of the paint clings to the wire and is released upon the surface of the artwork with a tap. Working to a rhythm, Dusty takes meticulous care to create a textured surface with dashes, strokes, ridges, and paint pools.

Dusty’s use of varying base shades, brings the illusion of a greater depth and range of colour. This provokes a sense of a parallel reality where yellow skies, blue suns and rainbow waters exist. Sunlight flashes and casts depth across the work, and as you move around the painting it shows it’s life.
▼// 2015 – Stay Gold - Byron Bay, NSW, AU
▼// *2014 – Stay Gold - Byron Bay, NSW, AU
▼// 2010 – Eat, Restaurant, Dunedin, NZ
▼// 2010 – Dowling St June Project, Dunedin, NZ
▼// 2010 – Dowling St Midwinter Project, Fringe Festival, Dunedin, NZ
▼// 2008 – Dowling St Midwinter Project, Fringe Festival, Dunedin, NZ
▼// *2007 – Katikati 04 Set & Dunedin 07 Set, Modaks Café, Dunedin, NZ
▼// *2007 – Dunedin Paintings Enamel Set, Tangente Café, Dunedin, NZ
▼// *2001 – Tuapiro Publishings Ink Set, National Reading Recovery Conference, Auckland, NZ
▼// *2000 – Tuapiro Publishings Ink Set, Expresso Café, Auckland, NZ

▼// Byron Community College: Training & Assessment, Vocational Education & Training, Cert IV 2013 – 2013
▼// The Learning Connexion: Diploma of Art and Creativity, Visual Arts 2004 – 2006
▼// Auckland College of Education: Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Teaching Subjects: Art, Technology, ICT, Graphics and Design 2002 – 2004
▼// University of Otago: Bachelor of Arts, Design Major 1997 – 1999

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