These paintings are an exercise into seeing, a practice of observation.
The beauty of Ōnawe, Pigeon Bay and Horomaka / Banks Peninsula.
I look at the landscape over the last few years in various moods and seasons.
Reflecting on the outside world as change rapidly evolves.
The land is seen as a healing place
here a safety net
an immersion in nature.
land to be held by and shelter within.
In the process of this work I try to find ways of avoiding detail and complication. Looking only for main shapes, masses of colour and form. Simplifying all I see and feel down to the bare essentials. The compositions aim to heighten a sense of being immersed in the landscape. This landscape and place in which to heal. To be bathed in green and healed in nature in a troubled world.
Two years ago I started this series of paintings. At that time my plan was to use the land around me to explore painting as a medium. A move away from my familiar process of printmaking.