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Western Mountain Ecology

Raymond Arnold
Acrylic on canvas • 81 × 122 cm

Tucked into the lower watershed of the Queen River valley in Western Tasmania is a small timber mill. My nose prickles at the Huon Pine perfume, which is heavy in the air. I learn that samples of large, salvaged logs reveal timelines in their annular rings that coincide with events from history; European settlement of Australia back to the birth of Christ and beyond. I am painting in a type of museum as much as a cemetery! Growth rings and ordered geometric stacking through labour are the conversion of one thing into another. My painting represents another step in this ‘flow’.