This is my 13th year at Bibbenluke. I was in love with the joint the day I drove up the drive. The garden with its old trees and flowerbeds has been a repeat subject for my paintings, as have my animals.
This is Kitty and Lacy resting in the studio. The Yambulla landscapes and flower paintings are from 2019.
My dogs are excellent company while I’m painting in the studio; they hang around sleeping while I get on with serious work. I made this sketch of Lacey last year.
A few years ago, I got four baby emus from an emu farm. During the recent bushfires, I was worried but they seemed unfazed. What disturbed them were the helicopter water-bombers flying low overhead. Here they are at breakfast.
Most winters I get a poddy lamb to care for. This is Gay. I got her the week of the marriage equality postal survey in 2017.
We are still in drought. My neighbour Charlie has destocked to protect his remaining pasture. He’s also constructed leaky weirs on the creek, creating beautiful ponds of clean water with reeds and grasses that protect against erosion. I like to paint positive images – this project is far grander than images of the dying river.