The Australian Spirit Series:
Our country has a strength and enduring feel to it. The monoliths of central Qld stand like ancient sentinels looking down on the dotted vast landscape that our indigenous artists are able to so aptly capture through their dot and line symbol paintings. Significant meeting places link and stories are told of journeys, happenings and personal revelations. Our sacred place is always to be revered. A big land of rainbow- coloured earth, multi-faceted opals, mysterious minmin lights, important sacred sites, unique flora and fauna, adaptable, holistic people and challenges of harsh climatic extremes - in the form of bushfire, drought or flood. In this series I wanted to describe visually the true essence and colours of Australia and "show it off"; give it special value and significance in the world. There always seems so much to learn from what is beneath our feet, before our eyes and shared from the time of Dreaming.
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Beyond the Now:
There are the mysteries of history within our caves –and walking inward is like being transported to another time and space – then walking back out into the present situation one can feel a perceivable shift; a change of direction into the familiar and known world around about. Each enhances and balances the other; each touches and affects the other and together makes the whole.
With the strength of the rocks reflected in the water of the pool, this painting depicts a special place on the Gibb River Road, Northern Territory, Australia. In recent years Grass Trees have grown and now are dotted along the gorge crevices. I like the contrast of textural feelings mirrored here from the elements of our land.
Someone once said that we often have ‘invisible means of support’ – this representational image of a spirit helper, formed as I processed this particular work. It also has a ladder-like design within it which corresponds with the concept that someone when they help us, lift us up to greater heights, they take the weight out of the job; they lighten our load.
1st place in CWA Modern Contemporary State Art Competition 2015 - Judges comment: "Excellent collage, work full of drama and movement . Good use of repetition and a limited colour range to draw your eye around the composition. Very confident work."
If you’ve ever broken down traveling in the dark, somewhere isolated; the glimpse of a light – the chance of help and life not so far off – becomes a sign that relieves some overall worry in the situation. Taking a detour en-route, stopping, looking and seeing shining light, universal symbol of hope, like an answer out of the darkness of despair - is what came to mind when forming this picture.
The opal is considered one of Australia’s most significant gemstones. Its beauty lies in the layers of colour, like glazes of vibrancy they are built up until the most stunning effects are reflected in the light. If anyone has ever gone opal mining they will know the feeling of wonder when discovering amongst the plain brown rock; a piece of intensely bright, almost kaleidoscopic, colourful opal. This work honours the land where such beauty reveals itself. The opal must truely be the gem that represents our rainbow serpent of the Dreamtime. When I was creating this work, I was also thinking of life’s many roads, many journeys, but all of them leading to the same meeting place eventually.
Land of Sweeping Plains and Solid Rock:
This is a small work but shows the vastness of Australia’s red centre and a representation of our monoliths, of which Uluru is the most famous, stands as the focal point within the landscape. Ancient yet timeless, rocky faces embedded with stories of the land and its peoples and history, ready to whisper insights to those who stop, ask and listen. This work holds this concept of a Spiritual knowing being conveyed irrespective of time and strives to communicate another aspect of our uniqueness as a huge, hearty, all-encompassing country with energy embedded in red earth.