Lunawanna-alonnah (island edges)

Bruny Island, around its edges.

Here the sea and the land meet, the vegetation is hardy, the wind often wild and the skies vast and romantic.
This landscape seduces me again.

Now, as a (mostly) geometric abstractionist painter, I set myself rules and restrictions when making paintings.

One ‘rule’ allows only the use of the 3 primary colours – blue, yellow and red – always with the addition of green because it’s my favourite.

Returning to painting the landscape within these chromatic confines is a joyous challenge.

In the end, these un-naturally coloured landscapes seem moody, dramatic and a little disturbing.

Sometimes this is how I too feel on this small island, with its contested, violent history and wild beauty.

Jan Handel


Oil on marine play