Brunswick Street Gallery Group Show 4 April - 17 April 2018
Using places that have personal connection as my muse, I paint the landscape as an arcadian ideal; redolent of a time and place when man had little impact on the earth and its atmosphere and at times a dystopian relic; highlighting our fragile and precious environment in the age of Anthropocene. Through stylized and abstract form and symbolic paint gestures, I use colour and a mix of textures to create magical and emotional landscapes. I am drawn to colour and texture; creating layers as I paint to build depth and dimension, using colour and suggestive brush strokes to highlight the layers and form of the landscape; the shadows and the light, as they shape the cliffs, boulders, structure of the land and depth of the ocean; shaped by weather and time.
I continue to explore my love for landscape from the edge of our land; incorporating the ocean as part of our view, with a focus on our fragile and precious environment and the link between the depth of time and our impact on earth.
I speak of a time and place when man had little impact; a metaphor for time and life’s fleeting and selfish realities that compound and impact our earth. I am drawn to landscapes that offer a sense of solitude, majesty, mystery, places that feel removed from the chaos of our current day; they offer a sacred experience. My muse, Australia’s vast stretch of coast line; provide the perfect symbol to highlight the state of our earth climate change, anthropocene, humanity.
Observing the changes in the ocean moods, the ever shifting shadows and light on the cliffs, rocks, reef, granite boulders; the distant hills, the shimmer of light as it plays on the crystal ocean; gives pause to consider our shifting climate.