‘Led by Light’ is a culmination of my work which has been inspired by light; both physical light on the New England landscape and also the ‘light’ of people who have inspired me through their knowledge of art and of life in general.
My teacher Ross Laurie has challenged me to not paint from photographs, which he believes give a flat image of the landscape. I have therefore tried to focus on a specific scene each week on my way from Walcha to art class in Armidale. In doing so I have taken in the light, the colours and the atmosphere and have painted them from memory and through emotion, trying to capture the essence of what I have seen. An exception is ‘Stockyard Sunlight’, painted ‘plein air’ at home.
My new works are more spontaneous and are a direct reaction to the local landscapes which I love.