Hanging Rock

This painting is part of a series on Hanging Rock in Victoria, Australia. Hanging Rock is an extinct volcano about 2 hours from Melbourne. I'm especially inspired by the mysteries forms and shapes of the stones and rocks. They are almost of another world as they protrude out of the surrounding landscape like a giant pyramid or dreamtime spirit beings. Hanging Rock holds spiritual significance as it once was an ancient Australian Indigenous initiation site prior to European settlement, which resulted in the Aboriginal peoples losing their land. The 1975 movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock" about a group of school girls who disappear while walking up the mountain - adds to the mystery of Hanging Rock. I'm interested in the way colour, shapes, textures and patterns create inner emotions, than trying to depict a 'photograph'. I have been told that my painting has a uniquely Australian style. I'm not sure what that is, but I'm very much influenced by Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Ken Done and the late indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. My work is somewhere between fine art and design.

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