Inspiration for This Work
"We may say that the earth has a spirit of growth, and that its flesh is the soil; its bones are the successive strata of the rocks; ... its cartilage is the tufa stone; its blood the veins of its waters. The lake of the blood that lies around the heart is the ocean. Its breathing is by the increase and decrease of the blood in its pulses, and even so in the earth is the ebb and flow of the sea." Leonardo da Vinci
The first few years of my life were spent on a farm near the Blue Mountains. Prescient memories of country life include the delight of running through the sprinklers on scorching summer days and the excitement of watching the rains come over the mountains in big waves. My family moved to the coast in 1993. As the beach became a part of my life, I developed a fascination with the ocean and its creatures, how I envied them living under the waves.
For as long as I can remember water has been a source of inspiration, adventure, beauty and a part of my home. The contrast of living in the dry country and later the lush coast, gave me an early impression on the effects and importance of water. As a child I did not understand concepts of drought or rain but I felt, saw and experienced the effects of the environment. These memories are the foundation of my fascination with the power and importance of water that is the inspiration for my current artistic practice.