Long Way From Home

I made the decision to relocate to Tasmania, driven by the desire to immerse myself in one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Little did I anticipate the profound impact that would occur between myself and the ancient river systems of the takayna / Tarkine region. In the misty predawn hours of a winter’s day, my husband and I set out in our kayak along the isolated waterways of the Savage River.

As a person originating from Barbados, this rugged environment presented a stark contrast to my upbringing. However, as the sun rose, casting its gentle light upon the cool temperate rainforest of myrtle and pine trees, a sense of reverence and ancient wisdom descended upon the river, creating space for growth and self reflection.

Long Way From Home’ serves not only as a visual record of that transcendent moment but also invites the viewer into the perennial nature of the river. It captures the paradox of its simultaneous permanence and fragility, prompting contemplation on our collective responsibility towards the environment. Through this painting, I hope to initiate a dialogue that encourages a deeper connection with our surroundings, fostering a greater understanding of the delicate balance we must uphold.

Melanie McCollin-Walker

2024, People's Choice

Acrylic on linen