Reduced Onement Homage, acrylic on paper, 29cm x 38cm, 2020
Onement Homage, acrylic on paper, 29cm x 38cm, 2020

The title refers to a painting called Onement 1 by American Modernist painter Barnett Newman. He made very simple paintings which had very profound intentions about what a painting is and could be, also a symbol for the nature of something (someone) simply existing. That is what I saw in this tree.

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Defiance, oil and acrylic on board, 59cm x 42cm, 2019

There is a great struggle going on in very slow motion. This sandstone headland was laid down from eroded quartz 200 million years ago has been lifted up above the receding sea as cliffs and then relentlessly battered by wind, rain and waves. It seems to be falling apart but it resists in its defiance of the inevitable death and rebirth.