In July 2016 I visited Central Australia, spending several weeks sketching, painting and photographing the dramatic and incredibly beautiful Western MacDonnell Ranges. This exploration is forming the basis for a new body of work.
The MacDonnell Ranges are an ancient place of big blue skies, blazing red rocks, ghostly white gums and cool deep green gorges. The year 2016 saw above average rainfall in Australia’s Red Centre, and as a result this barren land was transformed into a green and red wonderland.
Below is the studio painting series that I’ve just completed, plus the supporting original plein-air sketches in charcoal and acrylic, and a few favourite photographs. These works have formed the basis of my September 2018 solo exhibition.
I hope you enjoy my journey into Australia’s heart.