I’m always promising mum that I’ll paint her something- so here it is- My View of Castle Hill. In a response to Sue Smith’s 36 Views of Castle hill here’s mine. My one view taken from one of my early morning walks with mum. The hill truly is a constant in the ever changing lives of Townsville residents. It remains a constant in the backdrop of my mum’s Australian dream.
Been feeling some arty vibes this last week! I started doing some sketching in my little travel book. Then last week a little hung over on our road trip through the desolate areas of North Queensland, I had a bit of a revelation and felt excited about wanting to make work again. I’d planned to create some work to respond to an exhibition call out at Umbrella Studios in Townsville. They hold an annual postcard exhibition and I thought it would be pretty cool to have my work shown in Australia, as well as give me the incentive to make some work again. The work I have made highlights the environmental issues faced in North Queensland as the exhibition urges us to consider, yet focuses on ideas concerning our homes, our geography in the world, and the path which I’m currently making through the world.
We drove through remote towns, endless sugar cane and banana trees and every now and again right in the middle of nowhere there would be one lonely house. I just kept on wondering who on earth would want to live there? I developed a fascination with these remote Queenslanders. I knew I wanted to start to draw these remarkable buildings- but began asking myself why? I don’t live in one of these homes- they just seemed so iconic. Something began to tick and I started to think about the way I’m drifting in Queensland, no permanent home. I love painting on wood and began to consider the idea of driftwood- drifting through Queensland.
(The images above show some Queenslander homes in the remote village of Paluma- a villiage situated 1000m above sea level in the mountain range of a tropical rainforest.)