My upcoming solo exhibition at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (Mount Tomah) will run for seven weeks from 2 September to 22 October 2017. The theme is A tree, a leaf a forest: Wild Gardens of the Blue Mountains, with 30 never-before-exhibited works of grand forests to leaves and lichens, woodlands, heaths, rainforest and swamps. If you ever thought the Australian bush was mundane or monotonous (shame!) I hope this show can correct that perception.
In the spring of 2016 I spent a few days in the valleys of the Allyn and Paterson Rivers, which drain the southern side of the Barrington Tops plateau in central eastern NSW. The purpose was to gather images in support of adding parts of the beautiful Masseys Creek and Chichester State Forests to Barrington Tops National Park. As I hope these photographs show (see Other Places – New South Wales mountains gallery), the area is well worthy of better protection.
I am one of six artists exhibiting in The Elements, a Blue Mountains Artists Network themed group show at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah until 26 March 2017. My photographs are in impressive company, with paintings by Shane Smithers and Adrian Gilbert, installations by Regine Wagner, mosaics by Caitlin Hughes and photos by Gary Hayes.
My new exhibition,The Blue Mountains: grandeur and intimacy, will be held at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, from 7 March to 27 April 2015. Entry is free, 9.30am to 5pm daily.
For this show I have put together 30 diverse works, two-thirds of which have never been exhibited before, with the aim of affirming “the magnificence and value of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area”.
On the way back from Greenland (pics still coming!) at the end of August, I spent 8 days on the Laugavegur trail in Iceland. The name means something like “Hot Springs Way” and its the most popular extended walk in Iceland. The trail traverses an astounding and varied volcanic landscape, first across colourful, thermally active rhyolite highlands, then through more stable and very black lava country, with icecaps looming all around. I walked south from Landmannalaugur to Thorsmork (“Thor’s Forest”) and then continued over the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption site and and Fimmvorthuhals (“Five Cairns Pass”) to finish at Skogar on the south coast. There was a lot of fog and rain! (plus one ‘hurricane’) but on the last morning a frost.
(My apologies that this template does not allow the use of special Icelandic characters for authentic spelling).
Selected Iceland images are now available in the New Images gallery.
Our first order from overseas for a large print has just been completed…a gift for an ex-pat Aussie in England, who is apparently missing the Great Australian Bush.
The image chosen was “Morning, Blue Gum Forest” (from the Blue Mountains – Upper Grose Valley gallery), at the huge size of 40 x 50 inches (more than 1.25 square metres). From a 4×5 inch transparency it came up impressively at that size on Fuji Pearl paper, with excellent sharpness.
This positive experience with a very large print inspires confidence in doing similar orders in the future. If you would like to fill most of a small wall with a forest, a river, or anything else from the galleries, please get in touch!