Mixed Media on Canvas
The Western Arthur Range, part of the spectacular wilderness of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed area, is both inhospitable and alluring. Exposed to harsh and unpredictable weather patterns that can change quickly, thick fog often shrouds the rugged terrain, creating mysterious shapes that disappear into an atmospheric background. Painting this piece reminded me of another World Heritage site, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, located about 100 kms away from Paris where I lived before moving to Australia. I visited Chartres on a cold spring morning. The cathedral, which sits on a hill overlooking the town, was barely visible, its towers vanishing into the fog. It wasn’t a picture-perfect day, but I found the mood appropriately mystical.