Expressive Landscapes

Australian Bush Series.

I have strong emotional attachment to the bush. As a child we were lucky enough to live near the bush, it was our playground. The aroma of eucalypts, the buzzing of insects, birdsong, the peace and blazing heat; these are what I remember as its essence. To me this feeling is the spirit of being Australian.

I always start with multiple layers of under-colour boldly placed onto the canvas. The aim is to create depth and mystery. I then add brush loads of muted colour to provide an interesting background which suggest sunlight filtering through the trees tops gently kissing the leaves and undergrowth. Then the bold white Gum trees are placed front and center.

Fern Tree Gully