Elioth’s Valley, 48 x 34.5cm, Acrylic on board, 2022

A plein air painting from Kamimbla that looks back in an easterly direction towards Shipley’s Plateau. I’ve admired Elioth Gruner’s paintings since I first laid eyes on “Spring Frost” at the AGNSW when I was a small child. I really like the simplicity and the restrained Modernism of his Australian landscapes from the 1930’s and 40’s and tried to bring something from that in this painting.

Kanimbla Klingons, 40 x 25.5cm, Acrylic on board, 2022

Nothing to do with Science Fiction, the reason I made this little plein air painting at Kanimbla is that I was attracted to the purple patches of bushes or vines that seemed to be riding the bright green roller coaster hills in the middle ground. They seemed to be stuck on, clinging on .

Marsden Rock, mid afternoon, 84cm x 61cm, acrylic on canvas, 2022

Since 2015 I’ve made around five versions of this rock in Kanimbla. I’m lucky enough to have two sets of friends who see this unusual Blue Mountains outcrop every day from their back verandahs. To me it has an appeal as a subject that is probably similar to the way Mont Sainte-Victoire kept drawing Cezanne back to paint it over and over again. There is always something new to see. It’s also a bit David Lynch I think.