Currently I am working on new paintings for an exhibition at the Creative Arts Gallery in Gunnedah that opens 15 October 2021. The exhibition is a series of paintings that respond to the poem ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar. The artworks revisit the collection of watercolours created by Jean Isherwood in the 1980s with a contemporary perspective, exploring the Gunnedah region’s distinctive landscapes and the poet’s connection to the area.
My family have lived in the Gunnedah area for generations, and I feel a strong sense of connection to the land. For this series of work, I explore the theme of ‘My Country’, taking inspiration from the words of the poem and developing artworks that reflect a contemporary interpretation of the Gunnedah area’s landscape.
// I am aiming for 30 paintings and will put images of the works up on the site as I prepare for the exhibition in October. Wish me luck!