1-25 February 2022
When I walk into the forest, I feel I am walking into the ancient past.
David Bellamy described New Zealand’s rainforest as dinosaur forest because of its great age. About 80 million years ago the land mass that was to become New Zealand separated from the land mass that was to become Australia taking with it primordial forest and of course dinosaurs. This forest has stayed much the same ever since, though the dinosaurs have gone. So, when I walk into the forest, I feel I am walking into the ancient past.
My painting tends to be about how light affects objects, that is it's about light and shadow (chiaroscuro). Therefore, rainforest is an ideal subject. However, that is not the only reason for painting it. It's a special place which I hope I have in some way captured.