Flower Jazz by Dave Calkin
Flower Jazz by Dave Calkin

Flower Jazz by Dave Calkin

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Flower Jazz by Dave Calkin
40" x 38" 
Acrylic On Canvas
Born in coastal Southern California in 1960 and living in the Mojave Desert, I spent my early years exploring nature. The seascapes of native wildflowers which sprouted after the Spring showers mesmerized me and captivated my imagination and firmly implanted a hold on my love of colour.
Travelling the world in later years, my appreciation of the wonders of the sea were
awakened. Becoming a keen diver while living in Micronesia and Australia fostered my passion for the underwater gardens of the reefs and further reinforced my love of all things bold, bright and energetic.
I’ve always been a creative soul, exploring all areas of self-expression which brought me
back to my first primal love of painting. I am a self-taught artist not afraid to indulge my own
freedoms of expression. I favour acrylics as they continually challenge me and I love the
desired effects achieved in working quickly with them. I’m inspired in the moment and it is
this type of discovery which excites me. Deliberate strokes of the brush or fingers in
conjunction with paint applied straight from the tube to canvas provides a fundamental
fulfilment. That freedom of the inner child in me creating whimsical works which make me
smile as if in my own hidden world. Manipulating paint onto a blank canvas is very
rewarding and being engaged in the metamorphosis to capture a moment of form, texture
and movement never before seen is my Nirvana.
When the outcome of a completed painting inspires someone to reflect inward eliciting
feelings of intrigue, warmth, joy and most importantly produces a smile then I know that the
final verdict is a success. I aspire to provide colorful artwork to viewers and collectors with
the hope they will be as delighted as I and smile every time they capture a gaze at one of my
Currently residing in Western Australia since 1996 and living in Scarborough Beach.
My artworks are held in private collections in the United States, South America, Asia and