The road between Cowra and Canowindra in the Central West of New South Wales is peppered with small hills that look out across a plain to the west. In the late afternoon the eucalypts on these hills take on a glistening, shimmering quality that seems to ride on the haze of the late afternoon sun’s rays. There is a dreamy sense of stillness and timelessness.
The Magic Hill Series had its origins in an earlier series that was the union of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic art forms and the colours of the Australian landscape. The intricate line and pattern work transformed into the jewell like medallions of the eucalypts’ foliage, reflecting a reference to the style of Australian Indigenous art. Equally there is a strong influence of the gem-like quality of the work of Gustav Klimt accompanied by the use of metallic paints, giving reminiscence of the mosaics of Byzantium.