What Was and What Still Remains

What Was and What Still Remains

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Oil on Canvas

40 x 30cm

2022

This painting has me thinking about ideas around the past and present and the land where I explored as a child.

My recent visit to my grandparents old property in Wilderness - my childhood sanctuary - was a nostalgic experience. I explored the land/garden again for the first time in over 25 years. The place is still exactly the same as it was when I was a child - it's like no time has passed - only I have changed. The place remains the same and the love I have for the land and painting still remains. In painting I have found my child-like curiosity - playing in the "dirt" (paint), scrapping away, uncovering, exploring, a sense of excitement - just like I did in the garden. Again the land will nurture my painting practice because their home is now my home again.