Gathering sticks for the fire. 2008. Oil on canvas. 102cm x 102cm.
A bit of a painting epic for me with layers and layers and layers, and lots of time in between looking at what was needed to make a scene so dense.
It is based on a photograph taken in the Macedon Forest just outside of Melbourne. There was a small amount of snow about that day and everything looked so lush and fertile. It’s a beautiful forest.
As I stood on the track looking into the undergrowth I was struck (as I always am) by the organic and powerful thing a forest is. How trees have no anxieties about life or death, how the whole thing evolves silent and oblivious to us unless we interfere – and even then it is regeneration that takes over. A forest is never a ‘victim’, it’s a constantly evolving organism that feeds on itself and is in perfect harmony.
I feel so peaceful in a forest. Trees are so inspirational…