I grew up in Central Queensland in the bush and feel a deep obligation to attempt to maintain the integrity of the landscape. I see the land being allowed to stay with it’s topsoil intact and the grass growing as being more important to our long term quality of life than ripping it up and turning it upside down to satisfy foreign companies profit sheets.
I feel art has a role to play in the reconnecting of people with respect for the land and celebration of its power while reminding people of the potential damage we are risking by allowing the curent mining expansion. Earlier this year I provided a platform for artists to make a statement about the challenges facing rural Australia at the National Beef Expo in Rockhampton. I was thrilled to have seventeen artists come and create some amazing paintings.
I plan to sit in the landscape…to feel the energy. To take in the essence of the land… the imprint of surface… the spaces in between… the shapes of the landforms, the colours, the aromas… and develop these into images that speak of the persistence, the joy and the promise of the process of establishing the Bimblebox Nature Refuge. I aim to express the consideration and the respect shown for this land by those committed to her survival.