Sunday, July 27, 2008

Have been sorting through images of my work. Am sending some works to a New York exhibition next year.
Why is it that we need to exhibit? Is it to communicate? Art is an activity - an activity in which the artist is at his/her most reclusive - and yet backing up instinct and bonding with the medium in this act is a lifetime of reason, emotion, intelligence and idiocy. We wrestle alone and helpless. We paint by walking into the studio each day and picking up and using the brush.
"When you start on a long journey, trees are trees, water is water, and mountains are mountains. After you have gone some distance, trees are no longer trees, water no longer water, mountains no longer mountains. But after you have travelled a great distance, trees are once again trees, water is once again water, mountains are once again mountains." Zen teaching.

Friday, July 25, 2008

"When my daughter was about seven years old she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said "You mean they forget?" - Howard Ikemoto

Bayles, David and Orland, Ted, Art and fear: observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking, Capra Press, Saint Paul, 2002.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My artwork began with working in fibre working from a studio at Salamanca Place in Hobart. I was born in Canberra and have since lived in Melbourne, Hobart and Northern New South Wales. From living in Hobart with it's blue skies and lush green hills I moved to Armidale, then to Moree and then to the country outside Tamworth. Now I am living in the country just outside of Armidale again. It will be interesting to see new artwork originating once again from this rocky country. I began painting as this art form seemed to best reflect the land. The land and it's use was a dominant element in my new rural environment. The granite and eucalypt colours of the Armidale area contrast with the Deep browns of the Black Soil Plains and the worn, rounded yellow hills of the dry Tamworth countryside. The colours of the land reflect the underlying geography, the farming use of the land and the effects of the climate on vegetation.