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Simone Dalton

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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 -

Grains Innovation

Cooks Manchester

Mackay's Jewellers

Hello World

Earles Menswear

Redrocks Books and Gallery

ISO hair Design

Hair Art

Imelda's Shoes

Bendigo Bank

Jubilee Hall

Russell Hall (Maydale Reserve)


Horsham Undercover

Meat Market

Lili Vogue

Chisholm HiFi


Horsham Plaza

Amcal Chemist



Horsham Regional Art Gallery

JRS Workshop

Centre for Participation

Uniting Wimmera

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