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Small Studies from The Lake Series, 2022
Oil on Plywood, 10 paintings 5 x 7"

Created on location during the Lake House Artist Residency. Exhibited at Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie. This residency was made possible with funding from the Australia Council.
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More info: Lake House Artist Residency

While  developing some new studio works I began researching the history of my hometown suburb on the shores of Lake Macquarie. I chanced upon the Lake House Artist Residency website page and became the first artist in residency. Speers Point is the place where I was born and raised. It created a formative foundation for my identity. The opportunity to spend some quality time there again was important to me as a person and an artist. I hope to develop some major works that reflect on my time there.

This series of small observational painting studies was made on-location. The constant allure of 'lake views' in Lake Macquarie is not only an attraction to beauty and nature, but seems to represent a greater sense of belonging and, dare I say, custodianship. In addition to these paintings I took several hundred photos, made some notes and pen drawings, and revised places of significance.
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