Journeys. Works on Paper Opening July 7, 2018
Drawings En Plein Air From Travels Around The Country
My drawings represent the journeys I take. They are records of my adventures where I find inspiration for my paintings, and sometimes the drawing becomes an end in itself.
Love of painting has taken me many miles sometimes with fellow artists and special friends, sometimes with patient family and sometimes alone. There is the discovery always of new things which act as inspiration. The journey can be as close as the local park, or it can be across the country or across the world. It can be a 13 hour journey to Broken Hill and Fowlers Gap in central Australia; or flooded cane fields near Yamba in northern NSW after the 2013 cyclone; and in the West, the once in a lifetime trip along the Kimberley Coast with its ancient rock paintings and magnificent landscape of impossible colours- red cliffs on a turquoise sea. The scars of the Hill End gold diggings with their iconic cottages is a journey back in time or Queensland’s wild seas after a cyclone and closer to home, the lovely beaches of Hawkes Nest and Seal Rocks are also nearby along the east coast. All of them engender the excitement I feel when I see something which I just have to get down on paper.
The Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby April 27 – May 14, 2017
Shadow Country, explores the contradiction of Australia’s landscapes, the beauty and strength of our wilderness areas surviving in our harsh environment, but also their fragility in the path of human encroachment. This exhibition draws from recent travels in what I think of as Australia’s shadow countries as the shadows on the landscape become a metaphor for a shadow over the future.
“10 percent of the sale of works from the exhibition donated to The Wilderness Society.”
T1 Art Terminal, TWT Creative Precinct 2 Atchison Street, St Leonards March 2017
At Fowlers Gap, west of Broken Hill, lack of water dominates the vegetation. This arid zone is represented in paintings such as ‘Endless Horizon’, where plants show their resilience in their stunted forms and sparse foliage as they twist in response to the oncoming winds.
The light is more intense and more changeable here. Colours of the rocks move from yellow to deep red as the sun lowers, and at sunset, the landscape changes to deep purple and indigo while the resilient river gums take on beautiful colours in the afternoon light. The paintings all depict different times of day and different aspects of place.
Depot 2 Gallery, 2 Dank St Waterloo December 9 – 20, 2014
Silent Witness is inspired by forgotten dwellings absorbed into the landscape. The land becomes the silent witness to our histories. The paintings depict the interaction of people and the land they settle. In many instances nature has reclaimed its spaces and the derelict buildings tell stories of hardship and broken dreams . The pictures suggest memory, absence and transience.
Me Artspace, 25 Atchison St, St Leonards November 2014
In the old mining town of Hill End in western NSW, many cottages still contain objects which the original owners brought with them. The exhibition moves through cameo images of these objects creating still life images which focus on the trappings of domesticity in these frontier towns. The small homely objects collected in early years show the determination of our early settlers to create comfort in a harsh environment. Words such as memory, transience, disappearing and absence come to mind but there is also a sense of whimsy in many of the works.
Depot II Gallery, 2 Dank Street Waterloo April 16 – April 27, 2013
In nature there is continuous creation reconstruction and disintegration which marks the passage of time. These works reflect a sense of that coming and going – the passing of one phase into another. Old wharves, jetties, boats and pylons along the foreshore produce rich colours of rust, reds and oranges as they inevitably erode and fall into the sea. I was keen to capture many of them before they were replaced with new sleek metal structures. They tell the story of coming and going of all sorts of vessels that have moored there. The paintings also portray the coming and going of the tides through the appearing and disappearing images. The wreck of the old barge has been rusting away since 1948, its gradual erosion, also recording the passage of time. The play of afternoon light seems to dance on the water as it washes through the rusting hulk.