Ocean, Island, Shore
These paintings are inspired by the wild coastlines which border the Bass Strait and Southern Ocean, from the dramatic rim flanked by the Great Ocean Road to the rock-strewn shores of King Island. They begin with walking in these places, taking mental and photographic notes, and absorbing impressions. They emerge on the canvas as poems in paint, reflective compositions rather than direct renditions. Most of these works are beautiful presented in deep floating frames of dark timber.
These works draw upon the visual richness and complexity of these littoral environments, giving prominence to the fragile wildflowers and wind-sculpted plants that cling to cliff edges, thriving in an onslaught of salt air, cool mist and sea-spray.
They are, in some ways, unconventional landscapes, foregrounding the intricate, understated beauty of small stones, layered rock and coastal heath. Lively, expressive depictions of these elements combine with the restfulness of long horizons and luminous skies. These artworks begin with rapt observation and evolve into painterly celebrations of the borders between land and sea.