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All is not dead….my favourite tree
Birds know dead trees’ value. Hollows for nesting and perches and for scanning. I see them as art. My favourite one is a long-gone skeleton beside the Wimmera River, west of Curren Road. Over the seasons it has inspired evening and early morning photographs and this colourful painting.
Black and blue and yellow
Driving along Williams Road one humid summer afternoon I was happened upon this almost unbelievable skyline. One side full sunshine, the other charcoal clouds spewing sheets of squid ink rain. I drove to Longerenong the following day and squelched through puddles left along the Wimmera and Yarriambiack streams.
As a former photojournalist, my creativity has mostly been directed to writing and taking images. But in home detention during lockdown I decided to pick up a brush again. Painting was the perfect, joyful escape. In 2021 I set a personal goal to explore a different, Wimmera river, lake, reserve or mountain every week. These paintings evolved from some of the 100s of images taken during these adventures. My style is also inspired by the colours, textures, mess and drama of intense Wimmera sunrises and sunsets. I hope my raw and chaotic pictures will ‘take’ the viewer to these beautiful, natural places and, just maybe, encourage them on their own creative journeys.
For More Art, our thanks for the following venues -
Redrocks Books and Gallery
ISO hair Design
Russell Hall (Maydale Reserve)
Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Centre for Participation