My “SOS” series germinated in 2019 in response to the bushfires. I use the simple but bold character of lino blocks to depict a subject close to my heart: the plight of our wildlife. Native flora and fauna face many threats: too much weather - especially long, hot, dry summers; urbanization / suburban sprawl; products and by-products of human activities and endeavours, including waste of all description that pollutes our land, waterways and air. We can all change our ways and do our bit.
In art I continue to enjoy using a range of media, as exemplified in my first solo exhibition in many years, “Lockyer Lives”, at the Lockyer Regional Gallery in April-May 2021. This was an autobiographical exhibition that grew out of reflecting on my ancestors who first settled in the Lockyer in the 1800s, and on my own experiences growing up on a farm in the Lockyer. It was also about the concept that the Lockyer lives - ie, it is alive, with food production (crops and livestock), and native flora and fauna – set in our landscape on our piece of earth. Feedback indicated that, as I had hoped, the stories told by the wide range of works struck a chord with local people. Works from my “SOS” series were included in “Lockyer Lives”, and some were also exhibited at the A4 Art Australia Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria in Melbourne earlier this year where they were well received.
Overwhelmingly, I am still drawn to seeing the beauty in what's around me. To quote Tony Smibert, with whom I did several watercolour workshops some years ago: "Art is about the things that light you up and make you want to express yourself." And Jan McNeill, another Australian artist: "Pursuing beauty restores me. It quietens my soul. It returns to me a sense of gentleness and grace. Pursuing beauty lifts my spirit and takes me to a place where I can more easily see the good around me."
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Most recent: "Lockyer Lives" Lockyer Valley Regional Gallery, 2021
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