Gallery


Solo exhibition at Local Images Art Gallery, 55 Church St, Penola
Opening Sunday 5 December 2010 at 2:00pm

The 37 oil paintings in this show are linked to the story of Alice in Wonderland. Famous artists like Dali, Magritte, Freud, Chagall and Warhol have influenced some works. Others take their title from famous quotes in the story.

From a creative viewpoint, this has been a liberating experience. Anything goes. I have painted landscapes, gardens, portaits and still life. I have been "allowed" to use impossible images to create quirky and interesting pieces. Colour has been an important element of this series. If you are young or simply young at heart, you should be able to enjoy this body of work.

Exhibition held at the Christine Smith Gallery at The University of Ballarat, Horsham. Opening at 6:30pm on Thursday the 18th of April.

As an Australian artist it is impossible not to develop a strong relationship with our eucalypts; they are after all the most dominant tree species in our landscape. They come in a great range of shapes and sizes and are a major part of our flora.

Eucalypts evolved to cope with Australia’s climate, having adapted to survive through drought and bushfire. Each year there is an increment of living bark that results in the continued expanding girth of the tree. In all species the outermost layer dies. The dead bark may be shed from these trees in large slabs, in ribbons or in small flakes. Old rotten limb hollows, or broken branches, provide nesting places for lizards, galahs, sulphur crested cockatoos, gang-gang cockatoos, cockatiels and various parrots.

Our trees are truly magnificent things. They move with the wind; flexible and strong, held tight to the ground by an expansive system of roots delving deep in the earth searching for water and nutrients. They stand tall in sheltered river banks and stoop close to the ground in the outback, responding to their environment in ways we can only dream of. They are silent and somehow wise.