Mt Hay, Cliff Rock Pools
121 x 121 cm
Oil on canvas
Mt. Hay is one of my safe places that I go to when I need to see myself in perspective, take myself less seriously and feel the elements surrounding me.
It is rugged out there – often windy, sometimes freezing and earache inducing, sometimes hot and dry. It is vast and wild. There are extreme contrasts between the miniature wildflowers and alpine plants, and the giant sheer cliffs and rolling clouds and storms that can move across so suddenly, often when you are least prepared.
I love the uncertainty and the danger of the place. I perch on cliff edges and stand tiny and fragile in the beating winds. This painting is an amalgamation of many visits and memories – the unmoving almost two dimensional backdrop of the cliffs in the distance and the small windblown, dwarfed heath and casuarinas in the foreground.
Mt. Hay feels saturated with history; ancient and sacred. The plants, rocks, wind and light dance with each other; all as one indescribable energy, unharnessed and free. This place will always be an inspiration for me, where countless layers of experience and meaning are recreated in my studio, shaped by my misshapen memories.
Other artwork by Rachel Hannan
Rachel Hannan was born in 1971 overlooking Newcastle Beach, NSW.
After completing her Fine Arts Degree at Newcastle University in 1992 with a High Distinction in Painting Rachel directed her energies towards the performing arts where she began her successful career as a jazz vocalist and recording artist and has been teaching vocals since 1996.
Rachel maintained her art practice through one-off wearable art pieces, sculptural light fittings and handmade painted jewellery.
In 2008 Rachel returned to the studio and oil painting with a renewed freedom and a relaxed, less analytical approach.
In 2013 Rachel began working as an Expressive Arts Therapist and Counsellor both privately and at Gateway Family Services, Blaxland and Katoomba NSW.
She has recently started working with ceramics.
2107: Little Things Art Prize, Finalist – Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2017: Group Show – Emma’s Cottage Vineyard, Lovedale, NSW
2017: Solo: “Wild Thing” – Braemar Gallery, Springwood, NSW
2016: “Perlucere” 2 person show – Virgin Walls, Blackheath NSW
2011: Solo: “Warp and Weft” – Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle NSW
2011: Solo: “Layers and Abstraction” – Number 47, Rylstone NSW
2011: “Group Show” – Hathill Gallery, Blackheath NSW
2010: “Double Vision” 2 person show – Hathill Gallery, Blackheath NSW
1992: “Watt Decade” Group Show – Watt Space, Newcastle NSW
1992: Graduate Show University of Newcastle, Newcastle NSW