Home: place and space

In December 2019 our home was the most dangerous place to be.

In March 2020 our home is the safest place to be.

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Mill Studies: SALA

Place Matters: studying ‘place’ throughout time aids belonging and furthers the understanding of the assumptions that drench us. It feeds a love of culture, architectural design, artistic expression and mostly, the people of that time.

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Canvas Repairs

The Skateboard and Canvas Incident: this painting was destined for an exhibition in 2018. And it nearly made it, if not for the undeniable rip in the canvas.

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The Mill at Night

This painting is a view of Building 21, Lobethal Woollen Mill. The aesthetics of the Mill’s nineteenth century buildings change with the time of day, the weather and my own mood.

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The Mill at Noon

It’s the midday light in this panoramic fisheye view of Building 21 that emphasizes the architectural beauty and vivid colours of the Lobethal Woollen Mill buildings.

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Onkaparinga Barcode Blanket

This felt pen drawing was inspired by the pattern of an Onkaparinga Woollen Mill blanket and fuelled by a powerful sense of place created at the Lobethal Woollen Mills.

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Iceland in Agnes’s Shoes

Agnes’s Shoes was inspired by the journey of author, Hannah Kent, that culminated in her debut novel ‘Burial Rites’

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Listening to silent women

Hear Me is dedicated to the anonymous women who cannot speak out about sexual harassment—inspired by TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year: the ‘Silence Breakers’.

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80 year old X-rays found – part 2

More than 200 X-rays were found while cleaning out the roof-space of a 1930s purpose-built doctor’s residence in the Adelaide Hills.

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80 year old X-rays found – part 1

While gathering these stories and seeking legal permissions, I decided to paint two ‘X-ray style’ oil paintings on canvas for the Adelaide Hills Council’s 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition.

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How to paint a Harley in 9 steps

Painting for the pleasure of another is the greatest reward; anticipation of this pleasure is the greatest anxiety. This Harley was commissioned by a friend as a surprise for her husband’s birthday. It seemed like a fun idea and I had nine months notice — what could possibly go wrong? That year came and went….

Inspiration – Vineyard Dawn, Adelaide Hills

A local dawn vineyard image caught my eye on Instagram and I thought ‘I might paint that one day’, so I screenshot it and forgot it … until, short notice artistic inspiration was required for an upcoming SALA exhibition. Over-zealous-zooming of the original screen shot removed important details like place, date and photographer, but I…

HEAL Chicago

“An enemy is a person whose story we have not heard” … (author unknown but heeded) These paintings depict a streetscape of Chicago from many points of view; bird’s-eye, street maps, canals, rivers, public transport, underground, street-view from a child, the hallway in an apartment block, alleyways, doors, windows and sidewalks. The impact of violence…

WET

WET. Our survival relies on it. From the fish in this painting, fauna and flora to humanity and our beloved land. Drying is a gradual process, like the boil of a kettle. We instinctively know that watching paint dry or a kettle boil should take a long time. But watching our country dry is taking…

You Can’t Choose Your Family

‘You can’t choose your family,’ said the eighty-nine-year-old man to his five-year-old great-grandson. These are the very words that set me on the well-travelled family history trail; ducking and diving through swathes of digitised records, crawling in and out of rabbit holes lined with red herrings and eventually uncovering a family that you would definitely…

The Escapee

Barney – you taught us that life is short and to enjoy it. You taught us to go out and meet our neighbours. You taught us that a friendly encounter can make your day. You taught us that life isn’t profound. You taught us to just do things – with a good attitude and a…