Freycinet track-a thousand shadows deep

I drove from Hobart to Freycinet in the hope of walking to the Isthmus track and doing some painting there not realising it was closed on that day for ‘annual track maintenance’. Even though I never got to the Isthmus this painting came from that day’s walk. I guess I was overcome by the complexity of such a subject, the rhythm and movement of the branches and the compelling nature of the shadows across the track ahead. I also responded to the raw quality of the track, carved through the bush in a way that is authentic and not manicured like much of our “wilderness experiences” are prescribed for us these days. But above all it was the formal challenge of capturing the nuance and complexity of the light as it plays across the landscape that interests me.

David Keeling


Oil on linen