Streetscape


Streetscape: Valley of Praise1

Centuries of footfall pile up in my mind as I quick march to the hairdresser. I’m running late as usual. I look at my feet. Each step, heal first for maximum pace. Slap the toes down and lift again. The other heal connects. Heal. Slap. Heal. Slap. Rhythmic reverberations of an all too familiar beat. Trekking. Wandering. Walking on a footpath steeped in memories and history. Pathways enduring and adjusting over time — likely before ‘centuries’ too, when it was a well travelled track along the valley floor. Long before gravel, bitumen, concrete and bricks.

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Mindful Mill


Mindful Mill

Mind Haunts

Twenty years of memories drip from my mind, splattering onto the paper in front of me. Images. Voices. Saturating the Mindful Mill. Liquefied memories seep into the fibre of the weighty paper; stories spanning 170 years, rendezvousing effortlessly with impulsive strokes. Watercolour. Ink. Rich-pigment chalk pastel. Welcome to another Lobethal Woollen Mill artwork. A liquidation. The downloading of an obsession with place.

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Creative Emerging

Emerging1

“Emerging” is Lobethal Woollen Mill study (number 20) in mixed media on wood, 400mm²—painted and exhibited during SALA 2021. The painting represents creativity and the awakening of the community from the dream-like state of 2020, 2021. It also portrays my personal experience of re-emergence into everyday activities beyond the walls of my home. Beyond FaceTime, Zoom and Netflix, and into familiar (some might say old-fashioned) social connections and activities. This is my creative emerging.

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Firefighter’s delight?

Firefighter’s Delight

Firefighter’s Delight developed over a long period of contemplation on the dynamics of natural relationships and how to write about them. Specifically on bushfire, human endeavour and luck after the Cudlee Creek bushfires in 2019.

The painting below is a reminder of perpetual change—unintentionally embodied in its naming irresolution (luck? Y/N). The crimson haze of Firefighter’s Delight represents the pink retardant dropped near the Lobethal Woollen Mill from the Boeing 737 water-bomber aircraft. While the crazed texture portrays the turbulence of wildfire and the diverse reactions of flora, fauna, and humankind.

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