Four locals artists with four different stories, visions and voices- many focused on the landscape.
taught Visual Arts as a Head Teacher for more than thirty years. His two print series “Whose a Pretty Boy?‟ bird series and “Catch and Cook‟ seafood series are a celebration of Australian life; rich in colour, displaying bold flowing line work. Recently Howard has been working on a series called “Out of the Fire‟. These acrylic paintings on canvas and recycled hardwoods are based on the remarkable capacity of Australian plants to propagate and regenerate through cool burns and smoke.
work aims to depict the beauty and emotion of the landscape using a range of mediums including acrylic, ink, oil, collage and gold leaf. Many works are deep in texture while also describing the fluidity of the atmosphere and sky. Scott often uses Scraffito to scratch details of trees etc into the thickly layered paint. His work has been described as "capturing the quintessential mood of the Australian landscape."
art explores her connections with the landscape. “It becomes a part of my dreaming and my need to document graphically the beauty of line, shape, rich colour and my feelings for the land”. Her art is intuitive where colours often flow one to the next with a story or mood of their own. When asked what inspires her work Robyn says “The beach, it's in my blood. It is my solace, my joy, my meditation and my direction. My garden is a continuing source of delight and my travels are also an inspiration." This body of work explores my connection with the landscape both locally and from our travels around Australia”. Once again brilliant colours feature in her works on silk and canvas.
“Making art images enhances my daily sensory experience, catching a night sky, watching the changing light, finding an ever deeper appreciation of the coastal beauty right outside my door. What impresses me is the deep beauty of the natural world. The people in my landscapes are small but important, seen as shadows or details in a much larger fabric which sustains us. I mainly explore digital image making, transforming my photographs into the images I can imagine in my mind. After so many years of teaching art to others, exploring their talents and ideas, I have now been interested to find out what I make. My work has surprised me, yet it is reminiscent of Chinese Landscape styles. I hope you like my images. I feel connected to them. I hope you find a sense of connection as well and enjoy the ideas they might inspire”.