These drawings represent my long standing interest in the arid zones of Australia and my investigation of space and scale. I am intrigued by the power and grandeur of places which could be defined as wilderness and which offer an experience of vastness. I therefore feel an affinity for the tradition of the landscape sublime. Although this kinship is infused with my dismay about environmental degradation, my artistic concerns have many connections with the Romantic tradition.
I savour the sense of timelessness and peace that I find on my yearly trips into the desert. I draw and paint in the landscape and use this research, as well as photographs, to develop larger works in the studio. Drawing on site is an active analytical and responsive engagement with the landscape. Being acutely engrossed in this way makes for a strong memory of the experience, so that later, working in the studio, there can be an almost physical sense of being present again in that place.