In and out of nature
IN AND OUT OF NATURE
The subjects in this series of paintings and sketches are drawn from the photographic chronicle of a single walk in early 2013 when I was dealing with a personal crisis. Meandering along the paths of a Bay-edge wetland reserve, I encountered monumental clumps of pampas grasses, rampant wild fennel forests, solitary marsh birds, the odd dog walker. Over the following months, I recalled the intensity of my emotions alongside the wonder at the subtle beauty of teeming life and cyclical decay around me. From the white birds with their marked anthropomorphic postures to the exquisitely barren water-logged fields punctuated by tufts of grass, immersing myself in this imagery has been a way of revisiting and commemorating the experience of being in nature alongside the subjectivity that made me a spectator.