Opening Night Friday November 24th
As a child my parents would take my sisters and I on long driving holidays. Driving through the countryside is still one of my greatest pleasures and within my work I reflect on my love of the Australian landscape, its colour, contrast for dark shadows and intense light, its familiarity to our psyche and sense of escapism that it makes us feel.
In this particular series of works, I have reflected on my time spent in the Central West. I have focused mainly on the ever changing afternoon sky, its kaleidoscope of colours, the clouds, its transformative effect on the land and its vastness. It’s about the end of the drive, you’re almost home and nature is putting on its final show before the night sky creeps in.
My choice of not only subject matter, but also of materials (oil on plywood) has been greatly influenced by the works of Australian Impressionists, as such Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder. Like them, I look to represent an uncomplicated beauty within the Australian landscape and by allowing the grain of the wood to show through the paint, I also hope to embody a sense of nostalgia in the works.