PILBARA DREAMING 2018
Paint Box and good
At the beginning of the 1870’s oil paint tubes was still a new phenomena which led to the appearance of the paint box that the painter could take into the field: sliding small wooden panels into the lid of the box for painting quick sketches.
Today I like to take off in my car to places unknown. Find a place and set up my paint box and paint.
I’ve painted in many parts of Australia and around the world. All my trips are memorable because I bring back paintings and writing which are a continuing source of inspiration for years and years. It is interesting to me to find a common thread through my work that continues to intensify as time goes on. One such trip was to the Pilbarra. In 2010. Hiring a 4WD, I took off from Broome, drove to Port Hedland and picked up a fellow painter who had come from Bundaberg. We set off for the great and vast Yarrie station, a cattle station of 2 million hectares, about two and a half hours from Port Hedland.
A profoundly spiritual experience of a vast, hot and seemingly empty place embraced by the vast skies.