I have lived and worked as an artist for over 6 years on a bush block on Kangaroo Island, adjacent to the Southern Ocean. I regularly walk and ride the bush tracks leading to the coast near my home, in particular the Black Point track. This sprig is from a Eucalyptus rugosa growing just off the track. I searched for a sprig like this to paint because of this species’ convolute leaf forms and sculptural twigs, and because the leaves are often hardy, chewed survivors. My art consists of painting striking portraits of unheralded sprigs as heroes, and this tree, endemic to the island although sparsely scattered, is a worthy subject to explore in depth. To me this painting represents my home on the edge of the Southern Ocean, with its meandering tracks leading down to the ocean, the abundant flora and fauna perfectly adapted to the harsh conditions.
Life on the Edge, Black Point Track, KI
Oil on Aljyd on primed linen. 2018
Frame: White Josh Berris tray frame
76W x 101cmD (30 x 40″) $3,200.00
Kingscote Mallee Eucalyptus rugosa, Kingscote Mallee.
Oil & Alkyd on Stretched Canvas Panel
76W x 101cm
Frame: White Elite Tray
Singularity Eucalyptus Diversifolia, Coastal White Mallee.
Oil & Alkyd on Primed Linen Panel
94.5 x 64cm
Frame: White Josh Berris Tray Frame