In 2006 whilst visiting Alice Springs in Central Australia for work I drove the 400 kms north to visit Karlu Karlu (aka the Devil’s Marbles). Karlu Karlu means ‘Round Rocks’ in the local Alyawarre Aboriginal language and is a remarkable rock formation that today is a registered Aboriginal Sacred Site. Over two days I sketched, photographed and walked around these gigantic boulders.
From memory of felt emotions plus sketches and photographs I have just completed a series of drawings and paintings of Karlu Karlu. With these I celebrate the sheer beauty and spirtuality of this Aboriginal place.
A mixture of photo realism and expressionism, this series is also an exploration in painting style as much as subject matter as part of my past year of studies at the National Art School in Sydney.