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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

 
 

 

 

 

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