Painting is an alchemic process. The canvas is an ever-changing field of possibilities. Each painting is an exploration, a journey of progressive decisions, structural organization, sequences of movement, rhythms reminiscent of internal circulation. A union of revelation and mysterious realms. From the mixing of paint to the final glazing, my process is a contemplative experience. Layering different painting media, building up texture, scraping back, glazing, burning in wax, I allow the organic process to take over, balancing analytical decisions with intuitive practice.
The following series of paintings investigate Buddhist ideas of the Five Elements as a portal into concepts of landscape and resulted in five bodies of work responding to the genius loci of landscapes as diverse as Lake Mungo, Kakadu, Mystery Bay, Central Western Desert and the Glasshouse Mountains. These dynamic elements– earth, water, fire, air and space – are becoming more obvious the climate changes and events coincide causing natural disasters.