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What a summer!

Bushfires, smoke, more bushfires, more smoke.

Packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking.

Rain, floods, more rain.

Finally getting on track a bit….

Pre-bushfire works, below, are in the summer exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral.

The Last Day of March 2019 91 x 91 cm acrylic and oil on canvas

these 4 works are all oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm.

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 John Villiers Outback Art Prize at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland (6 March to 8 May).

Dirt Tree Rock Water 2019 acrylic and oil on canvas 61 x 76 cm

These 3 works are part of the 20(2020) exhibition at TACIT Galleries in Collingwood, Melbourne which celebrates the Gallery’s 20th anniversary!

Artists who have shown with TACIT were invited to show up to 3 works each measuring 20 x 20 inches (52 x 52 cm). Should be interesting.

Here are my 3 works which have resulted by the summer we should not have had. My thoughts and therefore my work this year, since December, have been underscored by bush fires, evacuations, smoke and many friends’ losses, stresses and survival.

Apprehension, Uncertainty and Trepidation all measure 52 x 52 cm and are all mixed media and collage on canvases.

The recent bush fire season and its ramifications keep creeping into my work at the moment:

Evacuated Campsite 2020 oil on canvas 61 x 61cm

A Summer on Edge 2020 mixed media on canvases 4 works each measuring 10 x 10cm

More …… Views from a Summer on Edge

My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense. I don’t copy my subjects but interpret them. Sound, smell and touch play an important role.

Using collage and mixed media, I create rapidly at first, keeping up with my thoughts. Then I let the work rest for an hour, a day, a year or a decade, as if it needs an incubation period. I then re-see what has been created and finish the work.

“I work from memory of 10 minutes ago and 50 years ago”. (David Hockney)

Today’s Fire Painting 2020 mixed media on paper on canvas 36x28cm

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