Where clouds touch the Earth

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Where clouds touch the earth

2016, oil on linen, 123 x 123 cms

The title of my work references a book by Pamela Hall about Springbook and the Gondwana Rainforests in the Hinterlands. Natural Bridge, the subject of my painting is an enigmatic, living remnant of Gondwana, the cascading falls being formed by the sheer force of water and basalt rocks tunnelling through to form cave and arch, transforming the landscape. Constant themes in my work are change and transformation, on personal and global levels, from the microcosm to the macrocosm. At this juncture, Climate Change and our choices and decisions in response, are paramount. Everything is interconnected. Water, particularly, is connected to the entire global ecosystem. With a focus both on environmental change over thousandsof years and the immediate, urgent threats posed by contemporary climate change, I invite a human response to both the sublime beauty and violence, seen and inferred, within nature and our human choices and actions.