West Australian Landscape Painting : Fire, smoke and the Wheatbelt
Coming to the WA Wheatbelt from Kalgoorlie in 2006, I was struck by the relative starkness of the landscape and the effects of the cropping cycle of seeding, growing, harvesting, grazing and then burning the stubble.
By focusing on the dramatic burning phase of this cycle, I coupled my interest in lighting and atmosphere with notions of destruction and resurrection within the rural landscape.
With the use of subtle layering techniques in oil paint, I aim to create mid to large scale, low-key, atmospheric compositions with special focus on the effects of light as it decays through smoke haze. These atmospheric effects are variously juxtaposed with ripping flame, blackened earth and the occasional obscured rural structure as a point of reference within the painting.
Through my study of fire and smoke, I aim to present a contemporary view of the rural Australian landscape that is ominous, changeable and beautiful.
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