'Woods and Water Exhibition', Winter into Spring 2021 at Blue Stone Cottage Studio Gallery
This new exhibition returns to local bushlands, woodlands, wetlands and water in the landscape for a collection of works that celebrate beauty in our region.
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 understated, 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 to transform into art. I also think, what we properly look at, properly see, is something we are more 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.
In August, a selection of work on this theme will be exhibited at the Backspace Gallery at the Art Gallery of Ballarat ('Nature Works Exhibition'), meanwhile, this studio gallery hang offers other artworks in the collection for you to enjoy.