"In this body of work I planned to direct my attention to landforms that reveal affects of European settlement, particularly related to water shortages. I hoped to inject sufficient interpretation to make the images take on wider associations, meanings and feelings."
I have always been interested in images of the landscape. I was born in the Central West of NSW and I spent my early years on a farm, where my Parents and Grandparents owned a wheat growing property near Woodstock. I was often drawing and observing the landscape from an early age. I was particularly interested in changing light conditions, so my drawings always emphasised the positions of shadows. As a result I’m aware of the tonal relationships as much as colours.
The main theme is the specific characteristics of the landscape as it is in the particular moment with respect to time of day, season, overriding weather pattern and land use. I am interested in images of crops and I usually work on groups of several related images. Aesthetically the tracks made by farm machinery in crop fields are like vast drawings, forming grids and patterns that may be randomly broken by other tracks. These form interesting textures and compositional relationships when used in paintings.