'Woods and Water Exhibition', Winter into Spring 2021 at Blue Stone Cottage Studio Gallery
This exhibition focuses upon local bushlands, woodlands, wetlands and water in the landscape for a collection of works that celebrate the subtle beauty in our region. This is a fairly comprehensive list of the works in this genre that are presently in the studio.
As a landscape artist, it is important to me to observe the particular character, the forms, hues and textures of what I see around me, and interpret them into art. My work is predominantly realist, with passages of semi-abstraction and varying degrees of expressive work. I want to pay tribute to the subtle but always in some way significant scenes that I come across as I walk and drive around this region. It can be so rewarding to look about us, to pay close attention to wherever we are, wherever we live, and I love to transform what I see into art. I also think that anything we take time to properly observe is something we are likely to care about. Some awareness is inescapable now, of the fragility and vulnerability of our natural environment. Australia is enduring increasingly extreme weather patterns, drought, flood and bushfires, recovery from which is highly uncertain. With that in mind, my work pays tribute to the ways in which nature really wants to work, when everything is more in balance, when flora, fauna - and human inhabitants - can thrive; when there is enough water (but not too much), when there is summer (but without relentless drought), when there is shelter and replenishment for our parched and burdened earth. I paint what I love.
From August 5th to November 7th this year, a selection of my works on this theme were exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, in the 'Nature Works' group exhibition.