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Name: Mary-Lynne Stratton

Title: Jewelled Ranges / Ancient Lands - Ross River NT

Medium: Oil on Canvas

My work continues with the exploration of ancient landscapes I keep revisiting. Walking through and painting in these places speaks to me of a powerful history and spirit embedded in the molten rock formations evolved over millions of years. The folding and layering of geology is a rich source of pattern and colours which seem to dance in the ever changing light, heightened in the morning and evening glow. In this particular work I wanted to portray the softer more feminine side of what we sometimes view as a harsh landscape.

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Name: Sue Helmot

Title: Rich Rubble - Burnished Clay

Medium: Oil on canvas

Kennedy Range during springtime - a vast dry claypan - a symphony of colour – a generational story. Midmorning light intensifies the colours into a beautiful rich glow. The clay appears almost burnished with a satin sheen. The escarpment towers powerfully above the claypan like a protective Grandparent, its sandstone sedimentary beds intricately etched by millions of years of weathering, a wealth of history and spirituality emanating from within.
‘Rich Rubble - Burnished Clay’, with its rich harmonious colours, rough texture and my raw painting application all reflect my emotional response to this landscape. Thick paint layered on to then be scraped back to reveal the rawness and variety of colours within the escarpment. Scraping and exposing paint like the wind and rain, breaking away the surface to become the rubble, the second generation, the parent. Thinning the paint to wash down to form the claypan, the third generation, the child – me.
Immersed in the ancient power and beauty of the landscape entwined with my own intimate story, I feel deeply moved to paint and share this ancient, majestic scene.

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Name: Jo Meredith

Title: Living Water Karijini

Medium: oil on canvas

Circular Pool in Karijini is sacred to the Banyjima, Yinhawangka and Kurramana Indigenous people. Whilst there I felt absorbed within nature herself - the deep quiet and hum of living water dissolves any sense of time.

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Old Courthouse Gallery

Name: Sue Kalab

Title: Who doesn't love the Avocets?

Medium: Watercolour

My career as a watercolour artist began in the early 1980s and has evolved to make a statement. My art explores the world of nature with a touch of imagination to add colour and context. My key message is to open eyes to nature’s beauty and intelligence, the value of conservation and to appreciate every orchid, bird, nest, tree and plant in the vast variety of flora and fauna in bush and beaches that we have in Australia.
Throughout 2019 around 75 Red-necked Avocets visited Leschenault Estuary. I sat for hours with a telescope to catch the poetry and the light of rare glimpses of these nomadic shorebirds that quest the feeding grounds of our estuary.
This work took absolutely ages. It became my “Coronavirus expression 2020”. It was borne out of personal tragedy at New Year. Several months went by and as the knowledge of the pandemic evolved the sudden, unexpected quiet of those early weeks of lock-down brought a beautiful lull of hush to the world.
Painting with a sad heart at that time, I became lifted by the wings of these birds of our shores, and a sort of magic arose which I can’t quite explain.

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Old Courthouse Gallery

Name: Jacinda Bayne

Title: Landslide

Medium: Oil on Canvas

I first captured this intriguing landscape in watercolour. The elements within this landscape inspired me to record the recent fall of rocks and debris down the steep bank, into the crystal-clear river, exposing a stark contrast in colour. I thought about how the landforms that we see are carved out by the elements over millions of years; this was an insignificant event in the earth’s geological timeline, but I felt compelled to capture this beautiful moment in time. The raw colour of the soil and gravel would soon fade, and blend in with the rest of the landscape.

I sketched the composition in the colour of the red exposed earth, building up the texture of the land and translucence of the water through numerous glazes and mark making. I use this technique as if to create a tapestry of colour - weaving opaque paint within thin veils of colour.

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Name: Oliver Anderson

Title: Australian Grass Tree

Medium: Timber/ Wire Sculpture

The Australian Grass Tree to me epitomises the Western Australian bush. It stands as an icon of the rough, unforgiving landscape that makes up such a large portion of the state. As of late there seems to me a resurgence of interest in the tree by a whole range of demographics. After a drive across Perth I noticed the plant utilised in freeway median strips, council building gardens, suburban roundabouts and within modern, architecturally designed courtyards.

Growing up on a farm in Kojonup Western Australia I have always been fascinated by both the native flora I'm constantly surrounded by as well as the rusted scrap materials found in and around farm workshops. My motivation for this piece was to create something desirable out of materials that are considered worthless and tossed aside to landfill. The hardy wire, timber and scrap that has been assembled to produce the sculpture was collected from the Australian bush where it sat for decades. The robust nature of the materials as well as the iconic symbol of the Grass Tree work in collaboration to represent the harsh, unforgiving landscapes of rural Australia.

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Old Courthouse Gallery

Name: Liv Vardy

Title: Light breaks through

Medium: Acrylic

Life gifts us an array of emotions and experiences. Our story is filled with emotion, with each experience strengthening us for the next. The layers of life meld together however delicate or harsh and reveal a beautiful depth. This painting is about contrasting experiences which are pulled together to create hope and light.

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Name: Damien Goerke

Title: Jolieske & Marijke

Medium: Graphite, charcoal and watercolour

Just over a year ago I completed a self portrait called Primary. It explored one of the biggest moments in my life; after half a life living with a debilitating heart condition, it had finally been cured and I felt as though I got to start again. I have since decided that I want to see if I can portray impactful moments in other people’s lives, too.

This is my first pursuit of that idea. Marijke, an artist in her own right, lost her sister Jolieske to suicide in 2016. Jolieske was a milliner and the mask depicted in my work was one she had made.

Both Marijke and I feel strongly that death, and particularly suicide should be talked about far more than they are, Marijke explores the theme of grief extensively in her own work. The reference photo for my work was one of the first I took and I didn't think anything of it until I saw at it again later. I realised it looked like Jolieske was there in the room with us, as though Marijke had heard or felt her spirit. I believe I got to capture that moment here, and will be forever honoured to be part of it.

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Old Courthouse Gallery

Name: Gemma Mitting

Title: Best friends gang

Medium: Mixed media

The piece examines a surreal childhood in an urban environment and individuality within the context of a larger group.

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Old Courthouse Gallery

Name: Sam James

Title: Coffee With The Nomads

Medium: Oil On Canvas

This painting is a part of a group of paintings inspired by a camping trip at the end of last year. I was
impressed by how inclusive and accessible the caravan park was and how people of all walks of life were
using them. This included families, school groups, older couples and young adults. It also impressed upon
me how beneficial getting away from our urban environment and communing with nature can be as well as
how great that feeling of being on holiday, soaking up the sun and relaxing is. This painting is of a scene at a
coffee shop with the important task of navigating the journey towards the next destination for a couple of
grey nomads is taking place. I quite enjoy portraying scenes of everyday life and evoking narratives from
them and enjoy the challenge of painting from life and capturing the effects of light and colour upon a scene
before me.

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Old Courthouse Gallery
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