This painting’s really about the resilience of the eucalyptus tree in the face of continuous drought. The creek bed at the bottom of the picture has dried up and the trees are kind of petrified but still with their rough kind of spiritual energy. It’s based on drawings and photos of the Merri Creek near the CERES environmental park in Melbourne.
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.