And all this time the river flowed endlessly to the sea
I grew up on Garigal land, a drowned valley estuary north of Sydney known as Pittwater. Days were spent making marks on the ocean’s surface, with wind in the sails and tiller in hand.
After coming and going over the years, I am drawn back to her protected waters to shelter. For the past 6 years I have called a 35ft sailing vessel my home with my dog, Arkie.
My time here is fleeting now, change is blowing in from the south and the gravitational pull is so strong it's impossible to ignore any longer. Between scrambling in the studio for an upcoming show, I am preparing my boat for a journey across the ditch to Lutruwita/Tasmania where I will drop my anchor for the foreseeable future.
‘And All This Time the River Flowed Endlessly to the Sea’ is a cross section of real and imagined estuary landscapes across time. The works draw references from historical photos, my present homeport of Pittwater and future home on the River Derwent. The ‘boat’ continues to be a strong motif in my paintings, carrying the viewer (and myself) across watery washes of colour.
Through paint I am trying to make sense of the looming change ahead. A move driven by a longing for land with space, where hands still work the soil and apples grow in neat rows overlooking majestic isolated bays. A landscape where an artist such as myself might just afford to own a humble cottage by the water one day.