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Silvermoon, oil on canvas, 38x54", commission work, 2022 

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Magic Point, oil on canvas, 71x100cm, Electric Dreams, Saint Cloche, 2022

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Detail: Silvermoon, oil on canvas, 38x54", commission work, 2022 

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These paintings are based on the isolation and power of the coastal landscape. Throughout the lockdown period, I have spent a lot of time in this space, taking in the contours and shapes of the headland. Magic point as it is known to locals, carries with it a history steeped in colonial exploration, war and defence. Yet it is also a place of beauty, with jagged cliffs, dropping down into an endless expanse of ocean. It is within this dual landscape that I wanted to create a moment of quiet contemplation and meditation within the painting, reminiscent of that felt whilst painting in the landscape.

Beyond, oil on canvas, 71x100cm, Electric Dreams, Saint Cloche, 2022

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Photo: Claudia Lowe, COAST TO COAST, Saint Cloche, 2022

Photo: Claudia Lowe

Left: Banksia, Integrifolia II, glaze on terracotta, 2022

Right:  Aftermath, earthenware, 2022

Small town kids explores archival imagery of my parents from their 20’s, an image I selected as it represents the time I now find myself in. I am interested in the way contemporary painting can reimagine moments from the past, acting to both fragment and solidify our family histories. Large panels of colour intersect to reveal a fractured moment in time. Through the process of painting and re-examining previous lives, I am seeking to explore moments which are both simultaneously strange and familiar to the viewer.

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Small Town Kids, acrylic and oil on canvas, 97 x 137cm, Waverley Art Prize, 2022