My paintings deal with the connections we make to place, whether they are based on a personal whim, rite of passage, recreation or an inherent need to connect to nature.
Spending time traversing the cliffs and rocks I’ve developed a respect for the power and precariousness of the elements. Combining a sensory experience and drawing from anecdotal stories, I explore ideas of exploration, solitude and isolation within the landscape and contemplate the positive and negative values of place.
Referencing the sublime and interchanging between paint driven marks and considered marks, I use an exaggerated perspective of natural elements to explore the theme of connection to place. My practice process combines sketches and photo montages drawing back into the painting to eventually find my image.
I’d like to respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional owners of the land that this gallery is upon and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. I like to acknowledge the Bunurong People who are the traditional owners of the place that I have made an emotional connection with in researching and preparing for this show. I pay my respect to the Bunurong Elders past, present and emerging.