This selection of paintings is the result of two years spent living on Wilyakali Country in far west New South Wales. During this time, I have explored station properties surrounding Broken Hill, national parks and found myself returning to Wilcannia and Menindee on the Darling Baaka River.
It is during these trips that I do very little. Time is often filled with looking and listening, making mental notes, cups of tea and the occasional ink drawing or small paint study.
I focus on the colour of the bush, light in the sky and routines of resident fauna, before returning to the studio where I work from memory in order to create the marks and colours that reflect an energy and character of the landscape.
Learning a Lingo is the process of becoming familiar with a localised language or behaviour, and in this sense, I mean it as a way of recognising patterns and activities of a place and identifying what makes it visually recognisable yet imprecise, as it is the challenge of representing a place without defining it, that I work to understand.