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It was Arthur Boyd who first introduced me to horizontal composition. What at first seemed banal, gradually revealed itself as a way of celebrating the landscape differently, almost archaeologically. Seascapes provide me with a perfect opportunity to capture the horizontal, although the paintings that caught my attention were of the rocky river edges of the Shoalhaven near his property at Bundanon.


Arthur Boyd Shoalhaven with black cockatoo and swan


Arthur Boyd River bush 1976

Boyd's inspiration was topped up by Fred Williams, most obviously, but not only, by his panel paintings which did something different with horizontals and enabled him to create a new dimension.

Fred Williams Beachscape, Erith Island 1974


Fred Williams Forest pond 1974

I learnt a different way of seeing from these masters, who offered me an alternative to the obsessive diagonal.

Brou, Eurobodalla NP


Brush lake, Eurobodalla NP


Potato Pt, Eurobodalla NP


Lines of pumice, Potato Pt, Eurobodalla NP


Waincourt, Eurobodalla


Wagonga Inlet, Narooma


Paperbarks, Moruya


Potato Pt, Eurobodalla NP


Potato Pt, from the trig


from Fishermen's Wharf, Bermagui