This is my second year in the Bendigo Bank Southern Art & Craft Trail. It is a wonderful showcase of art and craft works created by local artists in venues all over the Great Southern region. There are 78 venues to visit this year and I'm lucky to be exhibiting with three other artists, namely, Leanne White (painter), Fay Dunstan (printmaker) and Renee Farrant (papercut artist) at Discovery Bay (formerly known as Whaleworld).
We decided to have a nature based theme given that our venue is sitting right on the coastline with Torndirrup National Park surrounding it. It is fantastic that this former whaling station has become a haven for wildlife, flourishing botanical grounds and also remains an educational tourist destination where you can take a tour around the old whaling station and learn about the now banned whaling industry. I'm so glad to be living in Albany where the migration of the whales off our coastline is celebrated and no longer a hunting opportunity. There is nothing more special than sighting whales offshore.
'An exhibition that seeks and finds nature's landscape rich in diversity and heritage through the interpretation of four Albany artists'
"Life tends to fly by and we don’t always take the time to take notice of what is around us. I like to think I do take notice with my camera and capture the essence of something that is sometimes hidden and then exposed by me.
The images I chose for the exhibition are nature based, taken locally and photographed in a variety of ways. I like to use long exposure, intentional camera movement, multiple exposure or even out of focus shots as a way of capturing the landscape in a different way to a classic postcard snapshot. Other images are taken normally and just convey the mood of the scene and sometimes it’s just a small fragment of the scene that often goes unseen, unnoticed. The aerial shots were taken from a paraglider and is a wonderful way to see the landscape and coastline and fly with the birds."
I decided to try something different this year and have most of my work printed onto maple wood blocks. They vary in size from from 20cm square to a rectangle size of 28 x 35.5cm. Small, perfect for a little space and easy to hang and take care of.
These are all available as standard prints on paper as well - prices and sizes available on request - you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org