This painting developed over a long period of contemplation on the dynamics of natural relationships. Specifically, bushfire, human endeavour and luck after the Cudlee Creek bushfire (Friday, 20 December, 2019).
A reminder of perpetual change, the crazed texture represents erratic wildfire and reactions from flora, fauna, and humankind. The crimson haze represents the pink retardant dropped near the Lobethal Woollen Mill from the Boeing 737 water-bomber aircraft.
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 number of families that you probably wouldn’t choose for yourself.
Every now and then someone comes along, someone neutral, and they find something, a quality within your work. This isn’t your family or best friend, this is someone who’s first connection to you is through your art.