This work certainly wasn’t an easy piece to do, so many subtle colour tones and irregular shapes in the silky-oak tree trunk bark. The luminous white and green moss colours were what first intrigued me to want to paint it.
The third image and section (out of three) painted for the making of the original artwork seen below here:
On The Outer ~ Tree Trunk Extracts
Shown here – Flat detail of front side of concertina artist book format (unique state).
Original artwork Size: H.19.4 x W.101.3 cm
Medium: Gouache, ink (front side)
Support: 300 Arches rag paper
Initial photographic reference imagery taken from the rainforest near Kuranda, Qld.
Work is from the Kuranda Arts Cooperative Ltd group exhibition Tablelands, Perimeters and Parameters, Tableland Regional Gallery, Atherton, Far North Queensland, Australia.
Feb 5 – 28, 2010.
“My work explores unique design elements and characteristics of various organic vegetation (plants, plant life, flora, foliage, undergrowth) growing on the Tableland. Imagery has been initiated and developed from referencing my own photographic material taken in this environment.
Literally, perimeters and parameters are first set within the camera frame shoot then arranged within my chosen art forms where flexibility is provided in the arrangement of separate components into a coherent whole. Painting and grid-like surfaces from paper manipulation, arrangement processes along with assembly formations imply mapping territory, boundaries, multifaceted planes and a parallel dual realm of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. It is where a diversity of observed unique characteristics of extracted essences such as colour and tone as well as organic and geometric shapes are reflected.
The works represent intimacy, relationships and a communion with nature’s higher energy life force and verve.”