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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.
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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