Although this painting is primarily landscape I consider it to be a portrait of my friends, Sam and Mon. They can be seen in the centre of the piece kissing on the steps at Sirius Cove Reserve in Sydney. Throughout the work I push and pull the boundary between realism and abstraction, highlighting the layers and complexity of identity and place.
I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Australia, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
I'm pleased to be a finalist in the Bluethumb Art Prize, and this painting has found a forever home thanks to Bluethumb Art!
2017 Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia