ABOUT THIS PAINTING: On the couch, locked in the apartment. Feeling lucky to have a view from the first floor, looking out the big windows over rooftops and into the sky. Cold outside. Pulling the velvet blanket up over my ears.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION: 'Shadow & glow' was created in the midst of the pandemic, after the initial discombobulation settled and the slivers of gold started to appear.
Lockdown meant long stretches of time to paint and a chance to focus on the important things. I noticed a growing attachment to nature and an increased yearning to be out in the natural world. Daily walks through the tiny pockets of nature - not usually the main feature of inner city living - became the highlight and the inspiration for the new works.
Short winter days meant walks usually happened just before dusk, when everything intensified.
ARTIST STATEMENT: As a painter, I am inspired by the abstract shapes and colours in the suburban landscape. I aim to create a beautiful atmosphere for viewers to feel and connect with, rather than trying to depict reality.
I am equally drawn to the shadows and the glow - the beautiful soft-edged shadows cast by trees and the glow of the sinking sun and changing traffic lights. Tiny brightly coloured flowers against blocks of blue-green leaves, white branches and pale foggy air.
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Studio photography by On Jackson Street. Reproduction photography by Matthew Stanton.