Maria’s Garden, Clothes Line

Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2018

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It is at the clothesline that Maria’s garden combines practicality and decoration in an uniquely Australian way. The Hill’s Hoist is ringed by geraniums and mown grass, with an outer ring of pot plants and flowers, all grown from ‘cuts’.

Pastel, charcoal on Arches paper, 75 x 109 cm

Maria’s Garden, Harvest Moon

Finalist,  Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2017

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It had been several months since I had first sketched in my neighbour Maria’s garden and I found it overtaken by the beans that now covered every frame and trellis. The space was more closed in, rooms of green with a central corridor, and it feels like those beans could take over the house, even the world. We had a harvest moon at this time, and again the garden was transformed by the intensity of the light of a super-moon, drained of colour but with a sharp clarity of detail and shadow.

Charcoal, pastel on Arches paper, 68 x 108cm