MEET THE ARTIST | Sat 26 Aug @ 2 pm
Saturday 26 August – Monday 11 September 2017
‘Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Humanity did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves’. Chief Seattle 1855
Rich, varied, and boundless, the grandeur of our natural world is absolute. One need not journey far to witness its beauty. From the soothing green of a dense moist rainforest, to the majestic and seemingly endless plains of Africa, to the ancient lands accentuated by sinuous eucalypts beneath the blue southern sky, Planet Earth, simply put, is a treasure. It is in fact, our most valuable treasure. For mankind, every facet of life is heavily dependent on the natural world. From the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, to the clothes we wear, homes we build, and the energy we burn to fuel our cars and light our cities, the earth provides. These resources however, are not unlimited. Nor is our earth immune to constant and widespread destruction. All species of life depend on elaborate ecosystems and even minuet change can disrupt the fragile balance of nature.
“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Humanity did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” Chief Seattle 1855
Global warming, created by human activity is the most pressing issue of the time. The unmistakable signs of ecological trauma are as poignant as they are alarming. The planet is experiencing the hottest temperatures on record, the earth temperature having already warmed by one-degree compared to the pre-industrial age. Increased ocean temperatures are and will continue to melt glaciers and ice caps leading to a rise in sea levels threatening islands and low lying coastal cities. Extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, bushfires, blizzards, and cyclones are becoming more common and intense. Global ecosystems, stressed and unable to adapt, are in danger of being lost as the earth’s temperature continues to rise. Much of the damage already imposed upon the earth is irreversible. Extinction rates of both plants and animals have peaked, with further risk of loss due to the effects of global warming. Climate change is not alas, the only threat to animal and plant life. Human greed and insolence also play a part. Blood sports, such as trophy hunting and illegal poaching for ivory and medicine, only help to further endanger the earth’s greatest and most vulnerable creatures. The ruin of the natural world will inevitably be the death of humanity.
By the means of brush, paint, and canvas, I have endeavoured to create a body of work that unveils the crowning beauty of the natural world and the very treasure we are in danger of losing. As an artist I have no greater muse then that of nature nor is my restless soul ever lulled by anything other than the land and its magnificent creatures. Tranquility is found in the warmth of the sun, the embrace of the wind, and in the twinkle of the stars. Consolation is in nature’s unconditioned reality. As was once said by Frank Lloyd Wright, “I believe in god, only I spell it nature.”