The sandstone edges of Sydney Harbour are lined with the twisting torsos of these Angophoras. Their smooth surface, skin colour and occasional lumps and bumps are very human like. I paint them as modern dancers as they twist and turn to position themselves to catch the light.
I spent more than a week painting the flooded rapids of the Nepean River and made 4 of these paintings. I was thinking about Courbet and the early 19th Century plein air painters and trying to get a feel for the way they saw things and the tonal treatment they gave their European landscapes. This one is pretty big and detailed for a plein air work and I’m pleased with the way the rocks show through the water.