Children today exist and connect in a virtual playground. My own childhood in the Australian bush where we made our own fun – no television, no computers and no iphones is literally stuff of the dark ages for my kids.
I believe that the directness of this simple childhood and our daily engagement with nature laid the foundations for me being an artist concerned with the organic part of life. The natural world is where I feel most grounded, connected and content. It is part of who I am.
My new body of work also draws from memory and my current home in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. I get much pleasure from watching my own children appreciate the real and present beauty to be found in nature as they swim in the creek and forage and make things in their rainforest playground. I hope they too will find their own sense place and connectedness in nature – a grounding and mindful experience as an alternative to the ever present virtual playground of this era.
Playing with the landscape part II opens at Toowoomba Regional Gallery on 21 June. Here is a sneak preview of one of the works. ‘River camp’ 2014. Acrylic on ply (430mm x 430mm).