This is a painting of an Banksia serata. It grows in a crevice on the edge of a 100 metre drop. It is literally between a rock and a hard place. the work is 750x1050mm Oil on Linen painted on site in 2006.
“Between a rock and a hard Place”
Figure in Landscape No 22 2006
Between a rock
A tree with an easy life may grow straight and tall but does not develop character. It may be condemned to be only another tree in the forest. So also with humans, depth of character only comes through struggle and pain. Here is great hope.
and a hard place.
This old Banksia not only grows in sand between two large rocks but its hard place is on the edge of a large cliff, exposed and wind swept.
Sentinel it holds back the leaf litter and in doing so provides for itself vital nutrients. The rock crevice also provides protection just as Moses hides in a crevice as a much more awesome being passed by.
A hard place is also a metaphoric place. Standing on the edge of things, living on the edge, a precipice - it breeds greatness.
Australia as a landscape is populated by trees and characterized by its’ trees. Each painting in the series is a complex metaphor for aspects of human life. Trees are chosen for their sculptural presence and placed forward and central in the canvas much like a portrait painting.
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Photo taken in Grose Vale NSW 2753, Australia
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