This series of genre paintings uses humanistic geography’s place making theories, where the atmosphere, or genius loci, has a crucial role in establishing the meanings we attach to our environment. The creative resourcefulness of regional Australia has been concurrently explored.
The atmosphere can set place processes in motion as efforts are made to make life more pleasing. For example, drought may require the collection of the shower water in buckets. Sometimes the atmosphere must mediate between people going about their business and the geography that surrounds them: the heat of summer is eased with cool aqua wall colours. Or in other places, a new atmosphere is the outcome of particular efforts: the making of petal arrangements in a saucer of water is a cultural practice that helps to create a new mood at the lunch table.
The Mid North of South Australia has been an ideal location to represent these characteristics. The region is alive with a gentleness that seems to emanate from the earth itself.
Chair for a Sunbath
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 120 cm
Cellar Love - Somewhere to Sit on a Hot Day
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 200 cm
Addition to the Front of the House
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 90 cm
The Mice Eat the Soap
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 108 cm
King Brown Country
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 95 cm and 60 x 114 cm
Garden Flowers for Robertsown War Memorial Tributes
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 85 cm
TV on a Hot Day in the Aqua Room
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 180 cm
Booleroo Centre Yard
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 267 cm, 60 x 212 cm and 60 x 213 cm