‘Darebin Creek Tree’

Abstract gum trees oil painting by Susan Wellington
‘Darebin Creek Tree’ oil on canvas 51 x 92cm


There are more than 700 varieties of eucalyptus tree and most are native to Australia. So they’re everywhere you go. This tree was one I saw out walking one morning and the way its branches were silhouetted against the sky like it was on fire, dazzled me.

About the Iconic Landscape series:

Creeks and their surrounding areas are the inspiration for this Iconic Landscape painting series. Trees in particular move me. I imagine them as a kind of connective tissue that binds and transforms all of nature’s elements. They are the central axis around which everything else is aligned to, hence the emphasis on the vertical. The predominant vertical orientation in these paintings is also related to a desire to express the sacredness of the landscape. You’re forced to look upwards mainly- rather than into. Like a religious icon. Not that I want anybody to worship my paintings!

Other themes in these paintings are the duality of nature, the balance between the masculine and the feminine, layers of the earth, and the idea of the boundary which is constantly shifting, breaking down and re-forming.