Hill End Residency

My month-long stay in Murray's Cottage (November, 2015), as part of the Bathurst Regional Gallery Hill End Artist in Residence program, was an incredibly inspiring and productive experience! Working both in the Murray's studio and outdoors in Golden Gully, it was a great period of artistic growth and experimentation. I immersed myself in getting to know a landscape that has been painted many times in Australian Art History, a landscape that I found deeply wounded (by colonial mining and continued erosion), yet ultimately transcendent and endlessly intriguing. I am very grateful to Bathurst Regional Gallery for the opportunity, to ArtsACT for their Out-Of-Round Funding support, and to the community of Hill End for welcoming me with open arms! Scroll on down to see a few photos and some images of the work that I created (click to enlarge):

 <<--- Fallen Sentinels, 2015, pencil in concertina book, 21cm x 221cm --->>

Hill End Artist in Residence

I'm hitting the road and am excited to be on my way to participate in the Hill End Artist in Residence Program organised by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. I will be taking up residence in the historic Murray's Cottage (former home of Donald Friend and Donald Murray) for the month of November. A reminder of the gold rush, Hill End is a small town that has played a big part in Australian art history and landscape painting since the 1940s.

A huge thanks to ArtsACT for assisting with me with taking up this wonderful opportunity by contributing to my travel and living costs through their Out-of-Round Funding!

During my Hill End Residency, I intend to interpret the unique geology of Golden Gully through the mediums of drawing and watercolour painting. A vision to emphasize and extend marks of movement, tension and excavation observed in the landscape will direct my daily explorations in the field and the studio. I will endeavour to evoke the shifting surface of the landscape/rock-face while developing new approaches to layering and luminosity in my watercolour painting practice.