Working from my bush block in NSW during late 2019 and into early 2020 became increasingly risky. The threat of fire and heat was eventually intolerable. Some of my early bushfire paintings were ‘in situ’, but eventually I left and let my imagination do the rest.
Painting during the Bellarine Peninsula Lockdown of 2020, limited subject matter to one’s immediate surrounds; gardens and nature strips and household ‘detritus’.
The challenge in choosing these sorts of subjects is how to elevate them. How to take them from the ordinary and make them into something special. Something beautiful and out of the ordinary.
I manipulated the pictorial qualities and the objects became skewed, with odd perspectives, strange elongated reflections and odd angles.
My natural inclination is for my colours to emerge from depths. A foreground of a cornflower emerges from the dark using Cerulean highlights and tints and shades of Ultramarine blue and violet. The contrast with the background is heightened by blending a complementary Mars orange into the Black oxide.