Artist Statement

Meditation on a bonsai 2015 small
Meditation on a bonsai, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61cm

Paintings depict the garden landscapes of Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and The Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns. Botanic gardens are dense repositories of the human-plant relationship and are highly cultivated symbols of people’s finely woven connection with the plant world. They are sites of compelling cultural significance, beauty and refreshment. Botanic Gardens are the enduring outcome of the practice of arranging nature’s elements into ideal landscapes and are evidence of people working harmoniously with nature to produce sensory experiences providing visual delight, spiritual refreshment and nature connection.

Some of the works clearly originate from manicured gardens, whilst others appear wilder in form. The paintings present expressive, representational (though not scientifically accurate) views. Artistic influences include: Henri Rousseau, William Robinson and Lucy Culliton. In essence, the paintings capture the enlivening experience of visiting Botanic Gardens, environments that stimulate the mind and restore the soul.