ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

The theme around current environmental issues is one I enjoy exploring with my art. Through my paintings around this topic, I hope to raise greater awareness and spark much needed discussions.

Below are paintings I have completed in this style. Prints are available on some of the works below. If you are interested in having an artwork commissioned in this style, or would like to see any of the artworks made available as a print, please get in touch.

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LITTLE BOXES

This painting shows the continued need for more space and tree clearing required to build our little boxes. It questions our current development practices, infill development and the spaces we are creating, and how we are removing animal homes as we are making more for us.

The painting largely consists of similar looking houses on small blocks. The bottom left hand corner shows an empty space ready to be filled, with a tree cut down to make way, and a little koala sitting on the tree stump.

Date completed: 16 02 2020

Size: 60.9 cm X121.8 cm

Media: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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PYRRHIC VICTORY

Pyrrhic victory loosely translates to victory at great cost. It interrogates the idea of our growing demand for housing and retail development at the cost of the natural environment. It is a much needed conversation starter around the pressing topic of development, to raise awareness and increase engagement in finding the fine balance to prevent the continued loss of our natural environment.

When viewed from a distance is features a laughing kookaburra sitting on a log set against a wallpapered background. On closer inspection, the finer wing and body detail are revealed. The wing detail includes houses and skyscrapers, with cut down trees and native Australian animals on the body. It has a two-fold meaning, firstly symbolising the clearing of vegetation for our growing housing and retail space, as we are creating more homes and growing our economy for human needs, we are displacing wildlife forcing them out of their homes. And secondly the body can be seen as representing the earth and the wing as an artificial covering over it. The background patterning resembles wallpaper and is made up of Australian flora, with grevillea flowers and leaves, and dianella and eucalypt flowers. It represents the colonial legacy and how it influences our view of the natural world.

Date completed: 11 03 2020

Size: 76.4 cm X 60.9 cm

Media: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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PROGRESSIVE EXPANSION

​This piece is titled 'progressive expansion' and challenges our continuous drive for urban and agricultural growth resulting in the growing impact on the natural environment. It's a great conversation starter to debate how much growth is too much, and whether current practices are the best in the long term. 


From a distance, the painting is of an Australian wood duck standing on a tree stump. On closer inspection, there is finer detail throughout the wood duck. The head features a forest. Extending down onto the body are several tree stumps, wallabies jumping and forestry machinery. The wing and remainder of it's body show a built up area overlooking a field of crops. To add to the theme, the background patterning resembles wallpaper made up of grevillea flowers and leaves, as well as dianella and eucalypt flowers. It represents the colonial legacy and how it influences our view of the natural world.

Date completed: 24 04 2020

Size: 76.4 cm X 60.9 cm

Media: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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PERPETUAL LUDICRACY

This piece is titled 'Perpetual ludicracy' and interogates the idea that continuous growth has become an almost mundane activity where the environmental toll is an inconsequential occurence. It is likened to a sewing project where the old decorations are no longer suitable, and are easily replaced by something new/better without consequence.

The top left corner depicts a forest, with tree stumps towards the centre turning into a decorative piece which is easily unpicked and removed. The top right corner depicts a suburban setting that again become decorative features sewn onto fabric as the unwanted tree stumps are unpicked and removed. The fabric folds, pair of scissors and quick unpick add to the sewing project theme.

Date completed: 03 06 2020

Size: 60.9 cm X 121.8 cm

Media: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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CREATIVE DESTRUCTION

Creative destruction is an economic term which can be loosely interpreted as the purposeful destruction to bring down the old and make room for the new. This term seems fitting with current environmental off-set practices which involve the cycle of removal re-establishment of vegetation to make way for new urban and agricultural growth. It encourages discussions to challenge the notion, and whether it truly is achieving its purpose.

From a distance, the painting is of a bush stone-curlew. On closer inspection, there is finer detail throughout the bush stone-curlew. Towards the back area are houses and other buildings, the front of the body features a cut down forest. The wing detail features a mature forest, with re-vegetation efforts in front of the forest, and a crowd of onlookers in the feather detail. To add to the theme, the background patterning resembles wallpaper made up of grevillea flowers and leaves, as well as dianella and eucalypt flowers. It represents the colonial legacy and how it influences our view of the natural world.

Date completed: 04 12 2020

Size: 76.4 cm X 60.9 cm

Media: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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FOREST PAINTING

My forest painting was inspired by the bits of forest featured in a couple of paintings in my environmental awareness collection.

Date completed: 09 12 2020

Size: A2

Media: Acrylic on paper

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LITTLE HOUSES

My little houses paintings are inspired from their appearance in several of my paintings in this collection. I enjoy trying different designs and colour combinations.

Date completed: 15 11 2020

Size: A2

Media: Acrylic on paper

2017_LoggerheadTurtle

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE

The painting features a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) with images of different threats in the background. The loggerhead turtle  is listed as a vulnerable species on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red list, and is a threatened species in Australia. Threats include light pollution, boat strike, entanglement in crab pots and marine debris, and ingestion of human litter that has found it's way into the ocean environment.  

Date completed: 2017

Size: 40 cm X 40 cm

Media: Acrylic and marker on stretched canvas

2017_rockwallaby

BRIDLED NAIL-TAIL WALLABY

The painting features a Bridled nail-tail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata) with images of different threats in the background. It is a threatened species in Australia, and listed as endangered. Threats include hunting in the early 1900's, clearing of native vegetation that results in habitat loss and modification, and predation by introduces species.

Date completed: 2017

Size: 40 cm X 40 cm

Media: Acrylic and marker on stretched canvas

2017_Koala

KOALA

The painting features a koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) with images of different threats in the background. It is a threatened species in Australia, and listed as vulnerable. Threats to koalas include loss of habitat often from development, cars, dogs and stress related diseases.

Date completed: 2017

Size: 40 cm X 40 cm

Media: Acrylic and marker on stretched canvas