Original landscape painting on high quality stretched canvas ready-to-hang with d-rings and picture wire. Painting was finalist in 2016 Noosa Art Prize.
Looming Presence explores the psyche of a person lost in the Australian hinterland when bushwalking – the sense of being overwhelmed by the impersonal and rugged environment. Unlike many other countries, Australia has untouched bushland within a short driving distance from its urban coastal centres. The hinterland is viewed by most urban Australians as a relaxing place to spend time on the weekend; clearing the mind by enjoying the natural beauty of the bush and wildlife. However, this viewpoint can change quickly when people get lost and the Australian bush can seem confusing and hostile. In Looming Presence the low-angle shot of overhanging gum trees and stacked boulders creates a claustrophobic sense of panic and imminent threat.
To create shimmering and shifting effects I used acrylic paints along with iridescent, metallic and interference paints. The photo used for the painting was taken by myself many years ago before digital photography.
Invest in an up-and-coming artist. I have been finalist for all the major Queensland prizes for the past few years - Lethbridge 10,000, Rotary Art Spectacular, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Noosa Art Award, Stanthorpe Art Prize. I have also exhibited at various Brisbane and Gold Coast galleries.