Harbour and Beyond
4 - 28 October 2017
Opening Drinks with the artist,
Wednesday 4 October 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, 14 October from 11am
A majority of this exhibition incorporates paintings from the Gallery Lane Cove Residency this year as well as paintings from a residency at the Tweed Regional Galleries Nancy Fairfax Studio in 2015.
The Harbour Foreshores surrounding Lane Cove along through to Lavender Bay and Middle Head provide some spectacular views. Sydney Harbour has always remained a subject I have felt a close attachment to since childhood. Observing the changing light and colour on the Harbour through the seasons as well as all the energy of boating activities has always provided a joyful experience.
I was also struck by the sheer beauty of the mountainous country regions of Murwillumbah during the Residency at The Tweed Regional Gallery. The high amount of rainfall provides the most luscious greens unlike the ochres and umbers of our inland country regions. A major focus of the paintings became Mount Warning which can be clearly seen from the studio. It is a sacred mountain to the aboriginal people of Bundjalong and is the site of particular ceremonies. ‘Wollumbin’ the original aboriginal title of Mount Warning translates to the ‘Cloud Gatherer’. Its monumental form dominates the landscape from most locations around Murwillumbah, making it a most desirable painting subject.
During the course of a studio residency, I had decided that a series of Plein Air painting sketches would be made at various locations as a source for later development onto major canvases in the studio. There were the clear crisp colours of a summer’s day through to the bleak low-key colours of a winter’s day, providing dramatic changes in light and colour to create different atmospheric effects.
On returning to the studio, the sketches went through further compositional changes before the commencement of a larger canvas. The canvas paintings are built up over many months to reach the desired effects. It is the use of light to create dramatic effects in the landscape that I find of most interest. The light triggers a powerful emotional response in us as humans and in our constantly changing global climate.
As a painter, it is invigorating to watch these changes in the landscape and be constantly challenged by capturing its presence at a given time on canvas. Hopefully these feelings of beauty and pleasure are conveyed to the viewer from these painting subjects of some of our most iconic locations.